Current College Library Director Mentoring seminar faculty include:
Robert Fleming is the Executive Director of the Iwasaki Library at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to becoming director in 2007, he held the positions of Archivist, Head of Archives and Special Collections and Assistant Director for Access Services and Archives. From 2003 – 2007, Bob also served as Curator at Emerson’s Huret and Spector Gallery, where he presented exhibitions of photographs by renowned photojournalist David Burnett, editorial cartoons and comic strips by Pulitzer Prize winner Jeff McNelly and a provocative collection of drawings and installations by performance artist Karen Finley. Most recently, Bob was co-leader of a working group that assembled Emerson’s successful application for the Carnegie Civic Engagement Classification, which was awarded in 2015.
Bob was part of the 2007-2008 cohort of new directors enrolled in the College Library Directors Mentor Program. Since that time, he has been active in ACRL and CLS, serving as co-convener of the College Library Directors Discussion Group and a member of the CLS Executive Committee in 2009-2011. He joined the Board of Directors for the CLDMP in 2012 and he has served a faculty member for the CLDMP Seminar since 2013.
Jill Gremmels (on sabbatical) has served as the Leland M. Park Director of the Davidson College Libraries since 2007. Her experience in liberal arts college libraries spans 30 years, including seven years at DePauw University as reference librarian and coordinator of public services, three years at Monmouth College as director, and 13 years at Wartburg College as director. Current areas of professional interest are information literacy, academic library organization and staffing, open and alternate course materials, and assessment.
Although Jill became a director before the program started and thus was ineligible to join a cohort, she has been a mentor twice and joined the seminar faculty in 2012. She is passionate about animal rescue as well as small college libraries; she and her husband share their home with seven cats and an Old English Sheepdog, all rescues.
Melissa Jadlos, 2006-07 Cohort, is the Library Director at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. She has been involved with the program since 2011 when she joined the seminar faculty. In 2012, she began co-directing the program with Susan Barnes Whyte.
Melissa has worked in small college libraries for almost her entire career. A brief time with an ARL library convinced her that a smaller library was where she wanted to be. Melissa’s interests include leadership, mentoring, copyright, assessment, and the strategic communication of library value. She has written and presented on these issues locally and nationally. In 2012, she received a Library Journal Mover & Shaker award for her innovative transformation of the library in her first five years as director.
Susan Barnes Whyte, library and media services director at Linfield College, started her professional life as a cataloger in a Benedictine Abbey in western Oregon where she worked in the most beautiful library designed by the famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.
She has worked as a technical services librarian, an instruction librarian, a distance learning librarian, a public services librarian, and, finally, as a director. She’s also on the ACRL Board as a director at large (2013-2017) and is starting a new project with the Council of Independent Colleges as Senior Advisor and Director of the Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning.
She continues to teach in the Mass Communication Department at Linfield as well as in the information literacy program there. She was on the faculty for the ACRL Immersion Program for 10 years, a fabulous learning opportunity. Her mentor, Evan Farber, was one of the founders of the college library director mentor program and she is immensely glad to follow in his path. In her spare time, she hikes and gardens in the bucolic Willamette Valley of western Oregon.