Dr. Janice Lewis has been named director of the J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University.
Lewis has been interim dean of academic library services at ECU since August 2012. She has overseen the creation and dedication of the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, expansion of Joyner Library operation to 24 hours/five days per week, increased grant activity and intensified emphasis on support for research and teaching at ECU.
She joined Joyner Library in 1999 as the first coordinator of library instruction and also held positions of business librarian, head of reference services and associate dean of academic library services.
“I am pleased that Jan Lewis has agreed to provide leadership for Joyner Library and academic library services,” Mitchelson said. “She has done a fantastic job under difficult budgetary circumstances as our interim director. We have witnessed significant innovation in services for faculty and students as a result of her creative efforts over the past few years. We look forward to continued progress as Joyner champions access to key sources of information for our scholarly community.”
Before coming to ECU, Lewis was a staff attorney and special projects counsel for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now the American Association for Justice) and reference and collections librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lewis has written and published extensively on the topics of library assessment and trends affecting academic libraries. She is active in the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Library Leadership & Management Association.
“I am honored by the opportunity to lead academic library services as we begin to implement the university’s new five-year strategic plan focused on student success, public service and regional transformation,” Lewis said. “With the excellent faculty and staff, I look forward to building closer partnerships with all of the library’s constituencies to ensure that the library not only meets their needs but exceeds their expectations.”
Lewis received the 2012 East Carolina University Centennial Award for Excellence in the area of service and is a three-time member of the ECU Servire Society.
Lewis earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, a master of library science degree from Catholic University of America, and a bachelor’s in economics from the College of William and Mary. Her appointment is effective May 1.