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News from the Hill June 04, 2014 | back to index

Rev. Nancy Lois Selected as Library Co-Director

Rev. Nancy L. Lois (’11)

Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sarah B. Drummond is pleased to announce that the Rev. Nancy L. Lois (’11) will join the Andover Newton staff as Co-Director of Franklin Trask Library and Public Services Librarian in August. Nancy brings with her 15 years of library leadership experience, a Master of Divinity, and congregational ministry experience.

Ms. Lois graduated with honors from Andover Newton with her Master of Divinity degree in 2011. During her studies, she served as student minister at First Church in Windsor, Conn. Previously, Nancy had served in both public libraries and higher education settings, including Westfield State University’s and Mount Holyoke College’s libraries. She is currently a part-time reference librarian at Holyoke Community College and part-time Senior Minister at Berkshire Community Church in Richmond, Mass.

Dean Drummond writes that Nancy was selected from a strong pool of applicants after a national search. Several candidates had both library science and theological degrees, as well as meaningful and relevant experience. "What set Nancy apart," writes Drummond, "was her combination of intelligence and creativity."

"Nancy demonstrated throughout our discernment process that she connects with people easily and well, has the capacity to form her own opinions while listening to others carefully, and is equally strong in both intellect and care for others."

Andover Newton’s library is in the midst of significant transition, with a current space-sharing arrangement with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and long-term plans to move to a new space on campus. "Nancy understands the challenge ahead of us, and really ahead of all libraries," writes Drummond, "and she approaches this unmapped road with the attitude of a thoughtful problem-solver."

Nancy will join Co-Director and Technical Services Librarian Jeffrey Brigham as part of a leadership team. Nancy is succeeding Diana Yount, who served the School’s library for 38 years, most recently as Co-Director. Of Nancy’s appointment, Jeff writes warmly of Nancy’s extensive experience in virtually every aspect of library leadership. "Coupled with her pastoral experience and knowledge of Andover Newton," writes Jeff, "she brings a unique combination of skills as we seek to expand our services to students, faculty, clergy and outside researchers and plan for the future transition to a larger library learning commons model."

Nancy writes, "I’m excited to return to Andover Newton and to become reacquainted with the community in the role of Library Co-Director and Public Services Librarian. As churches are challenged to adapt and thrive in changing times, so are libraries. Working with co-director Jeffrey Brigham and Dean Drummond, I look forward to utilizing emerging technology and techniques to provide research services responsive to the needs of our students, faculty and clergy. I hope that the lessons I’ve learned in other library settings, my familiarity with our seminary, and my love for the church will blend into a blessing to the beloved community." Nancy begins her new chapter at Andover Newton on Aug. 11.