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June 18, 2004

New Library Director Named

Valerie I. Malzacher of Hudson has been named director of the Chalmer Davee Library at UW-River Falls.

Malzacher has served UW-River Falls in various capacities since 1992, when she was hired as coordinator of reference services. Since then, she was coordinator of public services from 1995 to 1997, assistant director from 1997 to 2003 and associate and interim director since 2003. In addition, from 1995 to 1999 she taught summer courses for gifted teens at UW-River Falls Teen University.

Says Vice Chancellor and Provost for Academic Affairs Ginny Coombs, "Malzacher has led the library this past year admirably, assisted in the introduction of new technologies, increased services for patrons and worked collaboratively with the other UW-System libraries."

While at UW-River Falls, she assisted with all aspects of a major library remodeling in the mid-1990s. As associate and assistant director, she supervised service areas of the library including circulation, reference, interlibrary loan, reserve and other areas. She also assisted with administrative activities such as budget preparation, public relations, and fundraising.

As interim director she worked with faculty, staff and students to develop long-range plans and is responsible for all library units, planning, budgets, external relations, and development.

"Over the years, the library staff has developed a strong program of collections and services for the campus and community," says Malzacher. "We've remodeled our library and strengthened our collections of print and electronic resources. We are committed to helping our users become more 'information literate.'"

Malzacher has been a presenter to the Council of UW Libraries and Library Automation Managers, the American Library Association as well as numerous workshops at UW-River Falls. In 2001-02, she participated in a leadership training program sponsored by the River Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to joining UW-River Falls, from 1980 to 1992 she was at the University of Nebraska at Kearney as head of reference as well as director of its interloan center, a reference librarian and coordinator of computer search services. She was also an instructor for the university's educational media program as well as the Nebraska Library Commission.

She has received several awards from the Nebraska Library Association and was elected to the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi at UW-River Falls in 1999. She is a member of the American Library Association, the Wisconsin Library Association, the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

She holds a M.A. in library science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a B.A. in German from UW-Oshkosh.

"As director, IÕll continue to strengthen our local collections, so that users can have immediate access to the materials they need, but also improve the ways that we obtain materials for users when we don't own those materials locally," she said. "As more and more information becomes available online, I'll implement programs to make the retrieval of electronic information more intuitive for our users."

The UW-RF Chalmer Davee Library serves both the community and campus. Services include the River Falls Area Research Center, University Archives, Government Documents, and Interlibrary Loan. The library sponsors the Lion's Paw Book Club for faculty, staff, students, and community members, which meets from 3 to 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday each month during the academic year at library's second floor breezeway.

"Area residents have access to two fine libraries in River Falls," she notes. "The River Falls Public Library is just a gem of a resource for our community, but I want to make sure that area residents feel welcome and comfortable using the Chalmer Davee Library as well."


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