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Loyola/Notre Dame Library Names Barbara Preece as Director

July 20, 2012

The Board of Trustees of the Loyola/Notre Dame Library has named Barbara G. Preece as the library’s new director, succeeding John McGinty who is retiring in December.

“With a firm focus on mission, a passion for working directly with a range of library users, significant consortial experience, and a watchful eye on the continually evolving library landscape, Barbara is an outstanding leader who will continue to advance the Loyola/Notre Dame Library for the betterment of our excellent library staff and the two outstanding universities it serves,” said Stuart A. Smith III, president of the Loyola/Notre Dame Library Board of Trustees, in announcing Ms. Preece’s selection.

Ms. Preece comes from California State University-San Marcos where she has been dean of the library since 2009. Earlier she was executive director of the Boston Library Consortium and a professor and acting associate dean at the library at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

She holds a BA in sociology from the University of New Hampshire and an MALS from the University of Minnesota. Over the course of her career, she has established herself as a leader in national and international library organizations, including the Americas Regional Council of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), where she is chair-elect and delegate to the OCLC leadership Council.