Friday, July 1, 2011

Hagley Announces New Director of Library Services

Hagley Museum and Library Executive Director Geoff Halfpenny has announced that Erik P. Rau will assume duties as Hagley's Director of Library Services on July 1, 2011. Dr. Rau comes to Hagley from Drexel University, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of History and Politics.
   According to Mr. Halfpenny, “As a historian of technology, information, and organizations, Dr. Rau brings to Hagley a keen understanding of the issues now facing independent research libraries and the insight to guide the Hagley Library into the future.”
   Dr. Rau serves on the board as vice chairperson of the Delaware Humanities Council and is project director of their Delaware Industrial History Initiative, a digital humanities program of the Delaware Humanities Forum. The initiative includes Hagley’s “Industrial Brandywine” project. He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in the Department of History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from Stanford University.
   For the full press release, see here, and for more information about Hagley and its collections, visit
   Rau replaces Terry Snyder, who joined Hagley in 2003 and who became the Librarian of the College at Haverford College last February. She is the editor of Business History in the United States: A Guide to Archival Collections (published by the German Historical Institute).