Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Librarian Wayne H. Meyer Retires

Wayne Meyer began his career at the University Libraries in 1979 as a Periodicals Reference Librarian. He also served as Coordinator of the Computer Search Service from its inception in 1981 -- a time when searching computer databases was expensive and required highly specialized training. As the service grew in popularity, Wayne moved into a full-time role as Coordinator. In 1988, he gained tenure and added Acting Coordinator of Library Instruction to his existing duties. A year later, Wayne became Architecture Librarian and, in 2001, again demonstrated his adaptability by adding Acting Head of Specialized Services to his list of titles. In 2004, he was appointed to the administrative position of Head of Specialized Services.

Wayne came to Ball State University with a background in English, having taught at Augustana College and the University of Wisconsin. In tandem with librarianship, he maintained his interest in literature, presenting papers and publishing articles ranging from “End users and intermediaries: instructional programs for an evolving online symbiosis” to contributions on Lorine Niedecker and Garrison Keillor for the Dictionary of Midwestern Literature.

Wayne’s good nature, sense of humor, spirit of optimism, progressive ideas, and dedication to public service have earned him the respect and appreciation of colleagues, faculty, and students. His ready smile and spirit of collegiality will be missed. We wish Wayne well as he begins his life as a retiree.


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