Music Librarian Laura Snyder and University Librarian Marc Truitt are retiring in June 2019.
Laura’s distinguished career included appointments at St. Olaf College, Oberlin College & Conservatory, Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), University of Houston, and University of Alberta. She joined Mount Allison’s Libraries & Archives in 2012, playing a key part in the Music program by providing research instruction in its core, first-year Music course every fall, which included several class sessions, an assignment, and many tutorials.
Laura also provided library instruction for other Music courses, and teaching and liaison expertise in Anthropology, Fine Arts, Religious Studies, Classics, and Philosophy. She recently worked with Music Library Association colleagues on developing the ACRL Framework for Music, co-publishing a chapter in the 2018 book Ideas, Strategies, and Scenarios in Music Information Literacy.
The Library is in the process of hiring a term Music librarian to perform some of the work Laura performed so expertly.
University Librarian Marc Truitt joined the Library in 2012 from the University of Alberta Libraries, where he was Associate University Librarian for information and bibliographic services. Before that, he had an extensive career in technical services and library systems at Yale, Princeton, Notre Dame, the University of Houston, and the Linda Hall Library of science, engineering and technology in Kansas City.
During his term at Mount Allison, Marc worked to improve student space by, for example, increasing the number of study spaces, investing in comfortable furniture, and working with the Mount Allison Student Union (MASU) to increase library hours by 15 hours a week. He also worked to improve technology and access by upgrading equipment and facilitating the purchase of back files for about 2,000 Elsevier journals.
Marc's other notable campus-wide contributions include helping to create the University’s Quo Vadimus series of conversations, and working with Deans on Mount Allison’s digital future. Most recently, he led the Library in its efforts to join the Novanet consortium in 2018-19. Marc also provided service to the community and represented Mount Allison by serving as chair of the Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL) from 2015 – 2017.
Mount Allison recruited for a new University Librarian in 2018-19, conducting interviews in Spring 2019. The hiring committee expects to make an announcement later this spring.
The Libraries & Archives extends thanks to Laura and Marc, with best wishes for a happy and fulfilling retirement.
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