Elizabeth D. Hammond
Dean, Division of Library Sciences
Elizabeth Dankert Hammond has served as Dean of University Libraries since 1999. Prior to that appointment, she served Mercer in various administrative and public services library positions since 1978, including two terms as Interim Library Director. Ms. Hammond received her B.A. in Art History and her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dean Hammond is responsible for operations of the Jack Tarver Library on the Macon campus, the Swilley Library on the Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta, and Libraries at the Regional Academic Centers. These libraries serve undergraduate and graduate programs in business and economics, education, engineering, liberal arts, music, nursing, pharmacy and health sciences, theology and adult education programs.
As Dean of University Libraries, Hammond oversees a $4 million budget and a combined staff of 80 Mercer employees. Working closely with the deans, university administrators and other department heads, the Dean ensures that library services, technology, facilities, and collections provide top quality, responsive support for the academic programs and the research agenda of the University.
Hammond is Dean/Chair and Professor in the Division of Library Services, an academic unit of the library faculty. She serves on a number of administrative bodies, including Provost's Council, Council of Deans, Associate Deans Council, and Undergraduate Council. In 2007, she chaired the University Planning Council subcommittee that drafted a new Vision Statement for the University.Dean Hammond recently served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of LYRASIS, a national membership organization for libraries and information professionals.She is a manuscript reviewer for College and University Libraries and regularly serves on reaffirmation review committees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as providing consulting work on library administration.In 2000 she was selected for the inaugural class of the Frye Leadership Institute, an intensive two week experience for emerging leaders in library and information technology in higher education