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Three new department chairs named in Harold B. Lee Library

Brigham Young University Librarian Jennifer Paustenbaugh has announced the appointment of three new department chairs in the Harold B. Lee Library.

Rachel L. Wadham has been appointed chair of the Social Sciences/Education Department replacing Brian Champion who served as chair for nine years. After completing a bachelor's degree in sociology from BYU, Wadham obtained her master of library science degree from the University of North Texas in 1995. She also earned a masters of education degree in curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in adolescent literature from Pennsylvania State University in 2007.  

Wadham continues as the Liaison Librarian for the School of Education and Juvenile Collection Librarian.  She frequently teaches courses on children’s and adolescent literature for the School of Education and has authored two books and numerous articles in this field.  Wadham most recently serving as board member of the Children’s Literature Association of Utah and co-chair of its Young Adult Book Award Selection Committee. 

Peter Zuber has been selected as chair of the Science/Maps Department. He replaces John O. Christensen who served as chair for three years. Zuber received his master's degree in library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 and bachelor's and master's degrees in Imaging Science and Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Before coming to BYU Zuber was the director of the Imaging Science Division at T/R Systems in Atlanta, Georgia for 14 years. This experience was preceded by work as director of the Process Engineering Division for Colorocs Corporation and assistant research engineer at Xerox Corporation. 

Zuber holds 29 U.S. patents in the fields of electrophotographic design, software design and color theory. As the Engineering Librarian, Zuber works with several departments including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, the School of Technology and Computer Science. His current research ranges from multi-spectral imaging to institutional repositories and information retrieval and usability.

Thomas K. Edlund has been named chair of the Cataloging Department, a recent consolidation of Area Studies Cataloging formerly chaired by John Wright and Special Collections and Formats Cataloging chaired by Robert Maxwell. Edlund received his master of library science degree from BYU in 1990. He also has degrees in Latin and classical Greek with a minor in Sanskrit from the University of Utah and in Russian from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey.

Edlund is the cataloger of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Old World History as well as the East European Area Studies Bibliographer. He previously worked at the Church Family History Library as a Catalog Librarian and Senior Slavic Bibliographer.  He regularly teaches Slavic family history and Medieval Latin paleography for the BYU History Department and has authored numerous articles on East European family research. Edlund has most recently served as the president of the Federation of East European Family History Societies.

For more information, contact Roger Layton, Lee Library Communications Manager, 801-422-6687, roger_layton@byu.edu

Writer: Hwa Lee

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