Darlene Brooks Named Library Director

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Publication Date: 5/30/2008


In the Paul Barret, Jr. Library, Darlene Brooks’ job responsibilities have just increased. That’s because she has been promoted from Information Services and Electronic Resources Librarian to Library Director.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Darlene Brooks into her new role as the Library Director,” says Bob Johnson, Vice President for Student and Information Services. “We have grown accustomed to her high standards and anticipate great things from her as the director.”

In her new role, effective June 1, 2008, Brooks will be responsible for the operation of library services including maintaining effective communication between the library and its constituents; strategic planning of technological, human and content resources; maintaining partnerships with other managers in Information Services; administrative planning for and management of library-related services and resources; and the supervision of collection development.

In 2007, Brooks received Rhodes’ Outstanding Administrator Award recognizing her dedicated service to students, faculty, staff and visitors of the library. Nominators noted her professionalism, keen listening skills, problem-solving abilities, and diligent work at her desk and behind the scenes. She is active outside of Information Services, as well, serving as a facilitator for cross-functional teams in Student Services.

Brooks holds B.A. and M.L.I.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before coming to Rhodes in 2000, she was Library Director at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. and has been a Librarian for more than 22 years.

Brooks’ promotion follows the retirement of Lynne Blair who served Rhodes for more than 30 years.