Timothy F. Richards, Mardigian Library director, honored for University Librarian Achievement

October 28, 2009


DEARBORN / Oct. 28, 2009---Timothy F. Richards, director of the Mardigian Library, received the University Librarian Achievement Award from U-M’s Faculty Senate during a ceremony Oct. 7 on the Ann Arbor campus.        

The award recognizes exceptional distinction as reflected in active and innovative career achievements in library, archival or curatorial services, including developing specialized services for faculty and students, improving access to information, efficiently managing library and archival resources (staff, space, funding, collections) or other activities reflecting a commitment to these professions.       

Richards was honored for his focus on positioning the library to provide more and better service in support of faculty scholarship and student learning.       

“Noted for his rare ability to combine deep thought with vigorous action, he embodies the best to which all librarians should aspire: commitment to excellence, vision, and leadership, all guided by humility and humanity,” according to the citation for the award.       

Richards’ achievements include his collaboration with colleagues on the Flint and Ann Arbor campuses to provide full access to the University’s electronic journal holding for all faculty, regardless of their campus affiliation; his efforts to create a green roof for the library to help conserve energy; and his initiation of a year-long project with library staff to reconceptualize acquisition and access practices in light of what will soon become widespread use of eBooks instead of bound copies in academe.       

Richards also has encouraged his staff to become involved in the campus community and to pursue professional development opportunities. He worked to create a promotion process that required and rewarded professional engagement both on and off campus. As a result of his efforts, the library is now fully integrated into the decision-making process on campus.      

In addition to his work in the library, Richards has been active in a number of professional organizations at the regional, state and national levels and has served on countless committees.  He is recognized as a leader in Michigan.  Among his accomplishments is one he championed for many years and worked hard to bring to fruition: the state-wide delivery service among libraries that enables them to easily share resources for patrons. His vision became reality several years ago when the Michigan eLibrary Catalog project was implemented.


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