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News from the Hill October 04, 2013 | back to index

Library co-director Yount to retire in 2014


With joyful gratitude, as well as sadness, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sarah B. Drummond announced today that Diana Yount, Co-Director of Franklin Trask Library, will retire at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

Diana began her employment at Andover Newton Theological School in 1975 in the Department of Archives and Special Collections. From 1986 to 1988 she served as Interim Library Director. In 1988 her position title was changed to reflect additional responsibilities overseeing a newly established Public Services Department. In 2007 she and colleague Jeffrey Brigham assumed the role of Co-Directors of Trask Library.

Diana grew up in the San Joaquin Valley farming region of California and attended college at Point Loma Nazarene University, then located in Pasadena. She moved east for graduate work in Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary. She worked in both the college and seminary libraries at Hartford Seminary before moving to Boston to pursue a master’s degree in library science at Simmons College. In 1976 she completed a certification program at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. She has been a member of American Theological Library Association; Society of American Archivists; and New England Archivists, where she served on the board from 1992 to 2012.

Diana was the first staff member to work full-time with the School’s archives and manuscript collections. She introduced standard archival principles into the School’s archives and manuscript processing and increased awareness of the importance of a climate-controlled building environment. She has worked extensively with both campus and external scholars using primary material to enhance research projects. Diana offers workshops on church records preservation and has served as a consultant to several local churches. In her retirement, she plans to volunteer her time toward Andover Newton archival projects.

Focused on the teaching and learning dimensions of library leadership, Diana works closely with students on research methodology and efficient use of library resources, both print and electronic. Since 1986 she has provided guidance for Doctor of Ministry and Master of Arts (Theological Research) students as they brought their final writing projects to completion.

In 1978-79, Diana assisted in the temporary re-location of library services to Noyes Hall during a major renovation and building addition project. In 2012, Diana planned and executed another temporary move while the school re-envisions the library’s role in the theological curriculum in this increasingly digital age.

Dean Drummond writes, “With every transition, Diana has modeled creativity, future-focus, and calm resolve to provide the best learning resources the School has to offer. Diana’s service and example have inspired other leaders at the School to think about orienting the library to learners through its collection and, eventually, its location.” Over the coming months, as the School’s faculty and administration consider future library leadership, please stay tuned for opportunities to celebrate Diana’s contributions to Andover Newton.