- Dean's Office
From the Interim Dean
Serving as interim dean has allowed me new experiences such as meeting individually with deans to learn how the library can best support their research and teaching. I’ve also been involved with the Marriott Library Advisory Board and have met several wonderful donors. I have thoroughly enjoyed these activities. However, it is the underlying connection to our students and scholarship that makes working in the Marriott Library one of the greatest career pleasures I've had.
I love the constant, contagious buzz of excitement at the U. The scholarship undertaken here is world-class, and you can sense it in the air. I feel my batteries recharging every time I walk onto campus, and that feeling intensifies when I walk into the library and see it filled with students hard at work.
For me, that's the real joy of working in the Marriott Library. Every year a greater number of students comes through our doors. They come for the beautiful study spaces, the group collaboration areas, the friendly and knowledgeable librarians, the cutting-edge technical equipment and software, the rare and unique research materials in Special Collections, and even sometimes to check out books. But mainly they come to be inspired. And we, in turn, are inspired by them.
That feeling of inspiration is what drives us constantly, every day, to look at what students need and then change our services accordingly. This is what makes working here both invigorating and fulfilling.
- Rick Anderson, Interim Dean, J. Willard Marriott Library