Washington University Libraries has appointed John T. Furlong to be the associate university librarian for the Research and Academic Collaboration Services Division, effective Aug. 1.
Under the direction of Vice Provost and University Librarian Denise Stephens, Furlong will lead library planning and programming that serves scholar-oriented services in support of research, instruction, and learning. He also will facilitate the design and implementation of collaborative partnerships and innovations that respond to the evolving needs of faculty and students.
Furlong currently is the director of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla where he has coordinated outreach to the academic and student services areas of the university, as well as to the local community. In his role, he created a joint informational literacy course to be shared between the University of Missouri–Columbia and Missouri University of Science and Technology, the first of its kind within the University of Missouri system.
As an administrator, Furlong has had significant experience in libraries in the St. Louis area. He has worked at academic, public, and special library institutions, including St. Louis Community College, St. Louis Public Library, Brentwood Public Library, and the Library and Research Center at the Missouri Historical Society.
Furlong holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been active in national and state library associations, such as the American Library Association and the Missouri Library Association, where he served as a member at large on the executive board. He also is a member of the board of directors for the East Central Area Literacy Council in Rolla and has worked with the Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Program in Nicaragua and the Maria De Mattias Library & Resource Center in Guatemala.
“I look forward to John bringing to our team demonstrated leadership in designing and implementing partnerships and services in academic environments,” Stephens says. “His inter-institutional perspective will be a valuable asset to the Libraries’ evolving programs.”