The Fondest of Farewells

It is with no small measure of bittersweet emotion that I announce that I have resigned my position as Director of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library (CU HSL).  I have accepted the position of Associate Dean and Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona, in Tucson.  I will be starting there on June 1st.  My last day with CU HSL will be April 30th.

Over the last 12 years, the members of our Library staff have done so much to connect our users with the right information, at the right time.  Here are just a few highlights of what we’ve done over the last decade:

  •  Built and moved into a new, stunning building here on the Anschutz Medical Campus;
  • Added a second bay to PASCAL, the high-density library materials storage facility for several CU libraries on campus just east of Ed 1 North;
  • Partnered with faculty in the academic programs to deeply integrate library instruction into their curricula;
  • Emerged as a national leader in the teaching of evidence-based practice;
  • Removed fee barriers for students, Residents and Fellows using our interlibrary lending and document delivery services;
  • Dramatically expanded the scope of our digital collections by going “all-electronic” in 2005 and rejoining the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries as an active member and leader, assuring our ability to collaboratively license access to digital information resources at the most optimal economies of scale working with the other research libraries in the state;
  • Launched a repository service where members of campus can deposit and provide perpetual access to their scholarship;
  • Expanded access to resources to all of our faculty; and,
  • Employed one of the most dynamic and customer-focused teams of library staff members anywhere.

We have transformed our services and facility always with a focus on the user in mind.   Our innovations have made the Library the most popular building on campus, and a treasure especially for our students.  Their pride in our facility shines when tours are given to prospective new students.

We have embraced new means for connecting with our faculty and with the clinical affiliates, and in the process have reinforced the need for evidence in the delivery of care and the generation of new knowledge.

We’ve settled in successfully to our new Aurora community and have made deep connections with leaders and groups in the neighborhood, and on campus, sharing a commitment to improve the quality of health for folks in Aurora and Colorado.

We have even managed to provide arts programing and a sense of community on the campus through our Gallery and in partnership with campus colleagues such as the outstanding team that leads the Program for Arts and Humanities in Healthcare.

Transitions of leadership always bring some degree of ambiguity but for CU HSL we are lucky to have a highly respected national leader in health sciences librarianship here on our team; Deputy Director Melissa De Santis has been asked to serve as Interim Director beginning May 1, and she will provide visionary leadership with stability and focus.   Melissa is a former National Library of Medicine/ Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellow and has served the University of Colorado for 7 years, with more than 12 years of prior service to the Briscoe Library, UTHSC San Antonio.

I am deeply appreciative of the generous support that University and campus leadership have provided to the HSL, and of the encouragement and engagement we’ve experienced with our terrific users.  I believe that all the wonderful things we have done at the Library were really done together with our colleagues, friends and supporters.

Best wishes to all, and thank you for the opportunity to serve.

— Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP, Library Director