Dear RISD Community,
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lareese Hall as RISD’s Dean of Libraries. Lareese comes to RISD from MIT where she has served as an Architecture + Art Librarian since 2014. In her position at MIT, Lareese has worked with faculty and other institute staff on the Future of Libraries Task Force to develop a strategic master plan for MIT Libraries. She has led the development of new policies for access and use of art and architecture rare books and special collections, and works daily with librarians, staff, faculty and students, building and managing collections, initiating and leading projects, establishing and maintaining networks and relationships and supporting scholarship and learning, all while engaging in her own art practice and research.
Prior to joining MIT Lareese held the position of Arts + Architecture Librarian/Assistant Professor at J. Murrey Atkins Library at the University of North Carolina, and prior to that she was the Fine Arts Librarian at Denison University Libraries. Lareese also spent more than a decade in the non-profit sector in various leadership positions prior to her work as a librarian.
Lareese earned a BA in English/Studio Art from Oberlin College, a MFA in Writing and Literature from Goddard College and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.
I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to the members of the search committee: Brian Goldberg who served as committee chair, Tracie Costantino, John Smith, Leslie Hirst, Lizzi Ross, Hannah Carlson, and Harriette Hemmasi from Brown University, as well as the faculty and staff who participated in the search for this very important position.
Lareese will officially join our community on August 22, 2016, although you may see her on campus earlier in the month as she transitions into her new role providing leadership to the Fleet Library at RISD, the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, the Writing Center, and Campus Exhibitions. In her application materials, Lareese articulated her vision for this position with her belief “that libraries and other interdisciplinary academic units can be experimental laboratories and thoughtful change agents within their communities.” Please join with me in welcoming Lareese Hall as our new Dean of Libraries.