Meet the New Boss

This week, Terry Metz joins the Washington and Lee community as University Librarian.

Terry comes to us from the Naval War College where he directed the Henry E. Eccles Library and the Naval Historical Collection. He has prior experience at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts where he oversaw both library and information technology operations. Earlier in his career, Terry worked at the libraries of Carleton College and Hamline University. He is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and earned an M.A. in library science at the University of Minnesota.

[from the University Provost]

We Miss Barbara Brown

The Washington and Lee University Library staff, as well as other members of the Washington and Lee and Lexington communities, mourn the loss of former University Librarian Barbara Brown, who passed away on Saturday 27 August.

Barbara had been associated with libraries at Washington and Lee since the 1970’s — since before there was a Leyburn Library or Telford Science Library — and had a tremendously positive effect on both people and institutions at W&L.

She was delightfully thoughtful and unfailingly kind as a colleague, supervisor, and friend. Active in both the professional world and in the local community, Barbara will be missed by friends all across the country.

Her career is summarized in this W&L news release.

Shakespeare Center Archive

The Washington and Lee University Library is now home to the archives of the American Shakespeare Center, one of the country’s leading performers of the works of William Shakespeare.

The archives, which includes directors’ notes, prompt books, set designs, posters, fliers, still and candid photographs, playbills, programs, and recordings of performances, are now housed in Leyburn Library’s Special Collections area.

For much more information, see this W&L News Office article.

Civil War Diaries Gift

Thanks to a very generous gift from a group of donors, the Washington and Lee University Library is the new home for a valuable set of Civil War diaries written by a member of the Liberty Hall Volunteers, students from Washington College.

For much more information on this important acquisition, read this fascinating article from the W&L News Office.

These materials will be available to researchers in Leyburn Library’s Special Collections.