The Washington University Libraries have appointed Leland Deeds as the new Associate University Librarian overseeing the Collection Management and Access Services Division, effective May 1. As leader of the division, Deeds manages the full collection life cycle, from selection, acquisition, and technical processing to providing access for print, electronic, and digital objects. Deeds is also involved with technology infrastructure planning and programs that facilitate technology-dependent inquiry and productivity.
“I look forward to collaborating with the members of Collections Services, Technical Services, and Access Services to meet Washington University’s changing and expanding research and instructional needs,” Deeds says. “Enhancing the discoverability of our traditional, licensed, and unique local resources is a priority.”
Deeds is the former head of systems at the University of Miami Libraries, where his department provided support for many of the libraries’ automation systems, as well as desktop computing and A/V support. Deeds also worked as the interim head of Access Services. Deeds has served as the librarian for Academic Computing Support at Union Presbyterian Seminary, where he launched the library’s Multimedia Creation Lab, co-led the implementation of their first patron-driven acquisition program, and served as part of the Institutional Effectiveness Office on campus. Additionally, Deeds worked as access services librarian in the Clemons Library at the University of Virginia, managing circulation, course reserves, and facilities projects.
Deeds earned a master of science degree in information science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Bard College and a master of theological studies degree from Emory University. He is a member of the American Library Association, the Library Information Technology Association, and the Association of College & Research Libraries.