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Search for Libraries Director Continues

By Ramy A. Arnaout
Executive Editor

More than three weeks after deadline, top administrators have yet to choose a replacement for outgoing Director of Libraries Jay K. Lucker. Lucker retired Aug. 31 after twenty years at the post.

Associate Director of Collection Services Carol Fleishauer and Associate Director for Public Services David S. Ferriero have since been named acting co-directors.

A search committee has submitted a short list of candidates to Provost Joel Moses PhD '57 and President Charles M. Vest, said Peter S. Donaldson, head of the literature section and chair of the committee. The committee had hoped the two would choose a new director by Sept. 1.

"Due to the busy travel schedule of Chuck Vest and myself, it has taken some time for us to interview people on the list," Moses said. "This process is continuing and I hope that we can announce the name of a new director shortly."

Moses would not give a more specific timetable; he also declined to say how many of the nine candidates considered over the summer were still under consideration for the job.

While he did not name names, he did confirm that the short list included no one currently at MIT.

"We are proud of the job that Jay Lucker did for two decades as director," Moses said. He also expressed confidence that Fleishauer and Ferriero "will perform admirably in the transition to a new director."

Library technology pivotal

"Our goal is to choose a director who will be able to introduce new technology to the library that will bring it to a new level of excellence in the coming years," Moses said.

The top candidates must have "the capacity to lead change in the library world" by making use of the technological and informational revolution being brought about by the Internet and the World-Wide Web, Donaldson said earlier this summer.

"Everyone considered has had a great interest in information technology," Donaldson said.

That technology will greet the new director one way in the form of a new computer system installed this summer for the Libraries.