November 17, 2017

CUNY Creates New University Librarian Position

By LJ Staff

The City University of New York has named Curtis L. Kendrick, 46, to fill the newly created position of university librarian, starting Sept. 1. “It’s an expanded and elevated position,” said CUNY spokeswoman Rita Rodin, noting that the previous system-wide librarian reported to University Dean for Academic Affairs and Chief Technical Officer but Kendrick will report to the Executive Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and have a broader set of responsibilities. Kendrick was director of the Access Services Division of the Columbia University Libraries from 1998 to 2004, where he was responsible for the staffing, services and operation of a division that includes circulation, stack maintenance, collection maintenance, microforms, periodicals, access privileges and offsite shelving. From 1992 to 1998 he was Assistant Director of Harvard University’s Library for the Harvard Depository, the library’s model offsite shelving facility.

As University Librarian, Kendrick will head a library system with collections of over five million books and other formats and an annual budget of $35 million. His responsibilities include integrating the library system with the university’s teaching, learning and research activities and improving access to information resources with other educational and cultural institutions in New York City. A graduate of Brown University, Kendrick has an MLS from Simmons College and an MBA from Emory University.

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