Dr. Theresa S. Byrd, Dean of the University Library at the University of San Diego, took her seat on the OCLC Board of Trustees during the board's regular November meeting. Dr. Byrd was elected to the board by OCLC Global Council in March 2019. There are currently nine librarians from five countries serving on the 15-member OCLC Board of Trustees.
Before taking her current position as library dean at University of San Diego, Dr. Byrd was the Chief Information Officer and Director of Libraries at Ohio Wesleyan University and Director of Learning Resources at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Virginia. She has extensive experience in higher education and academic libraries.
Dr. Byrd currently serves on the American Library Association's Committee on Accreditation, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Library Services to Multicultural Populations Committee, and the Center for Research Libraries' Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
She is a past member of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Steering Committee. Dr. Byrd is a speaker, panelist, and facilitator at professional conferences. Her current research interests include academic libraries and emotional intelligence, mentoring, and diversity.
Dr. Byrd will take the seat of Barbara G. Preece, Director, Loyola Notre Dame Library, in Baltimore, Maryland, who served on the OCLC Board for four years. Preece was elected to the board after serving as Chair of OCLC's Americas Regional Council and President of the OCLC Global Council.
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