Toby Graham, who has served in a variety of leadership roles at the UGA Libraries for more than a decade, has been named university librarian and associate provost following a national search.
His appointment is effective Sept. 1.
“Toby Graham is an outstanding choice to lead the University Libraries,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “He has the background, personality, drive and dedication to move the libraries forward in the coming years.”
Graham has served as deputy university librarian since 2009, a role in which he supported strategic planning, administration and resource allocation for the libraries and oversaw fundraising. He also directs the university’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and oversees the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, which holds 70,000 cubic feet of archives, 200,000 volumes and 200,000 media items.
“Dr. Graham has been at the forefront of making the resources of our libraries-both in physical and digital forms-available to support our teaching,research and service mission,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “He brings an outstanding record of leadership to the position of university librarian, and I am confident that he has the skills to make the UGA Libraries a national leader among academic libraries.”
Graham came to UGA in 2003 as director of the Digital Library of Georgia, which provides free and open access to educational materials.
“I am thrilled by the opportunity to lead the UGA Libraries, a strong organization with an excellent staff, extensive print and digital collections and a network of supporters who care deeply about our part in fulfilling the mission of the University of Georgia,” Graham said. “It is an exciting time to work at UGA under the leadership of President Morehead and Provost Whitten and a key period in the ongoing transformation of the modern research library.”
As university librarian, Graham will oversee the four principal facilities of the UGA Libraries: the main library, the science library, the Miller Learning Center and the Russell Special Collections Building.
The director of the UGA Press, which was founded in 1938 and is the state’s oldest and largest book publisher, and the editor of The Georgia Review, the quarterly literary journal founded in 1947, also report to the university librarian.