Howard University Gets New Library Director and Familiar Face at its Libraries

Posted on February 29, 2012 by

From The Washington Post:

Some people don’t understand the meaning of retirement. And Howard Dodson, Jr., the new director of the Howard University Libraries and its flagship Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, is a prime candidate for that category.

In April 2010, Dodson retired from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City after 25 years at its helm. Rather than settle in for some leisure time, in July 2011, he became a consultant to the Howard system. Earlier this month took on the challenging full-time job of managing a book-based system that has to move quickly into the digital age.

“The university libraries are being challenged to find some way of repositioning themselves not as gatekeepers, but as gateways to authentic knowledge,” said Dodson, 72.

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