In the wake of University Librarian Frank Turner’s sudden death, the five associate librarians are continuing the daily work of running the library as University President Richard Levin and Provost Peter Salovey discuss the appointment of an interim librarian.
All library services are running as usual and the library Executive Committee, made up of the associate librarians, is working with Deputy Provost for Academic Resources Lloyd Suttle to oversee operations, Director of Library Development and Communications Amanda Patrick said in a Monday statement.
“We haven’t quite caught our breath yet,” Levin said. “We’ll have an interim librarian soon, [but] I can’t say if it will be before the end of this week.”
Levin said the announcement will come before winter break. He added that he has been discussing the appointment with Salovey and will consult others in the coming days.
The annual meeting of library trustees, initially scheduled for last Friday, was cancelled despite the fact that some of the trustees had already arrived on campus, Patrick said in an e-mail.
In lieu of giving flowers for Turner’s funeral, contributions may be made to the New Haven middle school St. Martin de Porres Academy, or to another charity of choice, Patrick said in her statement.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is closed today to host a reception in honor of Turner. A mass for Turner will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Church on the New Haven Green before the reception.