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Michigan man named new library director

Following a nationwide search and series of interviews, a Michigan man has been named director for library services at Austin Peay State University.

Joseph E. Weber takes the reins of APSUs Felix G. Woodward Library, replacing Deborah Fetch, who resigned as director but remains on the faculty.
Following a nationwide search and series of interviews, a Michigan man has been named director for library services at Austin Peay State University.

Joseph E. Weber takes the reins of APSU's Felix G. Woodward Library, replacing Deborah Fetch, who resigned as director but remains on the faculty.

Weber has completed coursework for the Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, with an expected completion date of 2008. He earned the M.S. in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, an M.A. in Educational Administration and B.S. in Education from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant.

Weber comes to APSU from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich., where he has worked since June 2002. Ferris State is a mid-sized, state-assisted, regional university.

Since 2005, Weber has served as the assistant dean of the library for public services leading a department of eight librarians and nine support staff. He was responsible for planning, implementing, directing and assessing such activities as reference, instruction, interlibrary loan and circulation,
reserves and stacks management.

From July 2003-September 2005, Weber was interim department head of reference and instructional services. He was assistant dean of the library for personnel and planning from July 2002-July 2005. Prior to that, he was acquisitions librarian, collection department coordinator and associate professor.

Weber has authored several scholarly articles and has been active in myriad campus committees and in the larger community.

He is a member of the American Library Association, Michigan Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
For more information, contact Weber by telephone at (931) 221-7618. -- Dennie B. Burke