The University of Texas-Pan American Office of the Provost recently appointed Dr. Farzaneh Razzaghi as the new University Library director.
Razzaghi, who has been with UTPA since 1990, has served as the interim library director since 2006 and associate library director for research services since 2005 following the retirement of former library director Lawrence Caylor. She also served as interim library director back in 1998-1999, and as an assistant library director for research services, 1998-2004.
Dr. Paul Sale, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Razzaghi's extensive knowledge of both UTPA and The University of Texas System organizations, and her vision for a faculty-oriented research library made her an excellent choice for the position.
"I look forward to assisting Dr. Razzaghi and the library faculty and staff in transforming our very good library to a great library serving both teaching and increased research needs," Sale said.
Originally from Iran, Razzaghi, who has lived in Texas for 31 years, said her first priority is to fill the positions of assistant and associate directors to develop a team to continue toward the goal of becoming a research library.
Currently the library is working on two major projects including moving old journals to a remote access area and negotiating for the purchase of more compact shelving for one floor - a project she started while serving as interim to create more space for the library's book collection. In addition, Razzaghi said she is working on a new initiative for services for new faculty members.
"We are going to have librarians assigned to a group of faculty in a discipline to help them out with any library and research activity," she said.
She will also be meeting individually with library staff members to find out their specific needs regarding the workplace Razzaghi said.
"The changes that I am most interested in seeing right away is to work harder to improve our services where we may need improvement," she said.
As director, Razzaghi will oversee 58 professional and support employees, and the overall daily operations of the library facilities, budget, personnel, services and collection.
"My major role as the director will be to work as a leader, facilitator, and planner for the future of the library," she said. "No library director works alone. Our work in the academic library is truly about teamwork."
Razzaghi received her doctorate in library and information studies in 1990 and master's in library science in 1980 from Texas Woman's University in Denton.
"My philosophy about the University Library is that we are here to serve the students and faculty," she said.
To learn more about the University Library and the services it offers, visit http://lib.utpa.edu/.