The Library welcomed our new Director of Library Services Beth Bidlack on August 1. Beth comes to us from New York City where she was Director of the Burke Library at the Union Theological Seminary and then Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the seminary. She has extensive experience in all facets of library services including user services, technical services, collection analysis, budgeting, grant-writing, and library systems, and has had myriad administrative responsibilities, including accreditation processes. She brings a wealth of skills and experience to Castleton, as well as a calm and positive demeanor which has already won over library staff.
About coming to Castleton Beth said,
“I’m looking forward to learning more about Castleton University and being part of the community. When I interviewed for the position, I was struck by the dedication of the faculty and staff and by the camaraderie and care I observed among the students. I welcome the opportunity to talk with everyone about the role of the library and the needs of the Castleton community, especially in this age of information overload and ‘fake news.'”
The previous director, Jami Yazdani, left Castleton at the end of September 2018. Library staff rose to the challenge of being leaderless for almost a year, but are excited to work with Beth and make great things happen for the Calvin Coolidge Library and the CU community.