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New university librarian appointed

Nov 16, 2015

University of the Pacific Provost Maria Pallavicini is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary M. Somerville  as the new university librarian following a nationwide search. Somerville will start Jan. 1.
Somerville joins Pacific from the University of Colorado, Denver, where she has served since 2008 as university librarian and professor and as director of the Auraria Library, which serves more than 53,000 students from three schools: the University of Colorado Denver, the Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Community College of Denver.
In her new role, she will lead the vision and implementation of an integrated library system that serves faculty and students on Pacific's three campuses and provides information resources to undergraduate, graduate and professional students and working adults.
"We are impressed by the experience Dr. Somerville brings to Pacific and look forward to her leadership in the implementation of one integrated university library system accessible across our three campuses," said Pallavicini.
Somerville has years of leadership experience in library and information services, visual and performing arts administration and organizational and fund development, including two library leadership appointments in the California State University system. 
"I am looking forward to joining an internationally recognized university community with distinguished undergraduate and professional programs that are transforming lives through exceptional student-centered education," Somerville said.
Somerville earned a PhD from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati; a master's degree from the Goddard-Cambridge Graduate Program in Social Change at the Goddard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and a master's degree in Library Studies from the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She has an impressive body of scholarship that advances collaborative design of organizational communication systems and library service models that enhance an institution's student-centered teaching and learning mission.
Pallavicini acknowledged the search committee, chaired by Interim Dean of the University Library Lynn Beck Brallier and co-chaired by Vice Provost for Distributed Learning Vernon Smith, for its service during the past several months, as well as the members of the university community who participated in the candidate forums and provided the committee with valuable feedback during the selection process.

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