New Director of Library Services Announced

Mark Shelton joined the College in July 2016 as director of library services. He was hired after a national search and takes over from Karen Reilly, who has served as interim director since 2014.

Shelton, who previously worked as the assessment librarian at Harvard University, brings 19 years of library leadership experience, including knowledge of collection development, acquisitions and licensing, technology and services and space planning. He also served as the head of collection development at the Gutman Library of the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2008-2014, and, prior to that, worked in multiple leadership roles at Brown University, including library facilities and infrastructure, collection development, reference and instruction and media services.

“Mark’s previous leadership experiences and exemplary skills will be a great asset to the library team,” says Margaret Freije, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. “His expertise in collections development, digital scholarship and library infrastructure will be a wonderful resource to support the scholarship, teaching and learning of our faculty and students.”

Shelton earned a B.S. in applied mathematics from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, and received an M.A. in library science from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, where he was a National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Predoctoral Research Fellow. Shelton also earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership from Johnson & Wales University, in Providence, Rhode Island.

“There is a lot of energy and expertise across the library staff, and I am so impressed with what the team has done and is currently doing in support of the faculty and students,” Shelton says. “I am very much looking forward to working with the library staff to expand our services and collections and explore new possibilities so everyone’s great work continues to flourish. I’m also looking forward to helping students grow, think and learn so they are prepared for what comes after they leave Holy Cross.”  ■

—Jessica Kennedy