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Carlton named chair for library-support group

By Jason Adams

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 38 - August 13, 1998

Public Service Communications intern

Patrick W. Carlton, interim director of International Education in Virginia Tech's University Office of International Programs, has been named chair of the Friends of the University Libraries Executive Board. Carlton succeeds Lon Savage in the position.
A volunteer group formed in 1994, the Friends of the University Libraries focuses on supporting Virginia Tech's libraries through financial donations and volunteer work. Past activities have included lectures, receptions for Virginia Tech authors and donors to the library, book sales, and a fund-raising campaign.
"The Friends of the University Libraries offers real opportunities to provide badly needed support for the library," Carlton said. "I have long had an interest in libraries and the important work they perform. Consequently I consider it a privilege to be able to participate in this way."
As the new chair, Carlton will organize monthly meetings, mobilize the group's activities, and act as a conduit between the Friends and the dean of the library.
Future plans, he said, include organizing a ceremony to announce the naming of the new on-line catalog and scheduling at least one or two major speakers.
Carlton's active interest in libraries arose during a 1990 research-and-study leave from Virginia Tech to pursue a master's degree in history at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. While there, he interned in the archives of the U.S Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks and developed a fondness for libraries and books that would lead him to join the Friends of the University Libraries when he returned to Virginia Tech.
Before becoming the interim director of International Education, Carlton was an associate professor of educational administration and still teaches each semester. He holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of North Carolina and has several master's and associate's degrees.
Those who would like information on joining the Friends of the University Libraries may call him at 1-6542 or send an e-mail message to carltonp@vt.edu.