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Trustees approve promotion & continuing contract for two librarians

On Friday, February 19, Miami University’s Board of Trustees voted to grant continuing contract to librarians Bill Modrow and Carla Myers, and promote Myers to associate librarian.

Modrow joined the Libraries in 2015 to head the Steward & Sustain department, which comprises the University Archives and Walter Havighurst Special Collections. He oversaw the department’s expansion of both staff and facilities as part of the Libraries’ master organizational plan.

“Bill has a gift for nurturing talent and building great teams, where people feel respected and are empowered to help each other do great, impactful work,” said Associate Dean Aaron Shrimplin. “Much of his success is down to dedication, skill, and hard work.”

Myers, who started with the Libraries as coordinator of scholarly communication in 2017, heads many of the Libraries’ affordable learning initiatives and brings experience and expertise in issues involving copyright.

“In just three years, Carla brought a highly successful Copyright Conference to Miami and revolutionized the way we provide open-access materials to students,” said John Millard, assistant dean. “Her efforts show how committed she is not only to the Libraries, but also the students, faculty, and staff we serve.”

“I’ve said time and time again that the most valuable resources you’ll find at the University Libraries are the talented and dedicated people who bring their expertise to bear every day for our community,” said Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley. “These honors are well-deserved for Bill and Carla, who truly exemplify our core values in their service to Miami.”

Continuing contract, similar to faculty tenure, recognizes a professional librarian’s work in their primary responsibilities, service, and scholarship. Evaluation is conducted by the Libraries’ personnel committee, the librarian’s supervisor, the dean and university librarian, and the provost. Upon recommendation from the president, the Board of Trustees ultimately votes whether to confer continuing contract.