On May 14 the library welcomed Maurice York, incoming Associate University Librarian for Information Technology. York comes to Michigan from North Carolina State University, where he served as Head of Information Technology for the NCSU Libraries.
York led the implementation of the technology program for NCSU’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library, which opened in 2013. The Hunt Library has received international acclaim for its deeply integrated use of advanced technology, including technology-rich labs, maker spaces, and a robotic book storage and retrieval system.
His career in academic research libraries has largely focused on information technology management and innovation, but York says that this work is always informed by a sustained engagement with the larger and eternal library issues of access, use, and preservation.
“The implementation of technology solutions requires a deep understanding of the library as a whole, and of the university community it serves,” he says. “Technology should always be in balance with the principles and values that have defined libraries for hundreds of years.”
Before joining North Carolina State in 2007, York spent four years at Emory University’s Woodruff Library as Team Leader for Circulation and E-learning Services. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.