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ERIC JOHNSON NAMED DIRECTOR OF
SLU’S SIMS MEMORIAL LIBRARY
HAMMOND -- Eric Johnson has been
named director of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library.
Johnson, who joined the Southeastern
faculty in 1996 as the library’s assistant director for user services,
has served as interim director since the retirement in September 2002 of
long-time director Kay McIntyre.
Johnson earned his bachelor’s
degree in education and master’s degrees in library science and English
from Southern Connecticut State University. He also did further graduate
study in educational management at the University of Bridgeport. As library
director, he oversees a budget of more than $3 million and operations and
staffing of Sims Memorial Library’s 375,000 volumes, 2,375 serial titles,
780,000 microforms, 44,000 audiovisual materials, 211,000 government documents,
19 professional and 22 support personnel and 90 student assistants.
Recently, the library, implemented
a 24-hour virtual reference service, where students can chat and co-browse
web sites online with a librarian; created a third state-of-the-art classroom;
and added a Java City coffee shop in the library lobby.
As director, Johnson said he
would like to make further improvements such as installing wireless technology
throughout the building and establishing a loan out system for laptop computers.
His other goals include exploring opportunities for new relationships with
area schools, creating an active Friends of the Library group, seeking
grants for improvements to technology and collections, and increasing the
number of cultural events presented in the library.
“I also plan to review how funds
are divided among print materials and electronic materials, and books and
serial publications, to make sure we're maintaining a balanced collection
that meets the needs of the students and faculty,” Johnson said.
Before coming to Southeastern,
Johnson was director of the Traurig Library and Learning Resource Center
at Teikyo Post University in Waterbury, Conn. He also previously was on
the staff of the Magnus Wahlstrom Library at the University of Bridgeport,
the University of New Haven Library, Yale University’s Sterling Memorial
Library and Yale’s art and forestry libraries.
He is a member of the American
Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries,
LALINC (Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium), and
the Louisiana Library Association, and is a former president and vice president
of the ACRL’s Louisiana chapter. Among his professional activities, Johnson
co-developed SOFTINFO, a database of sources of information about IBM-compatible