On June 21 Library staff and colleagues from around UVA gathered in the McGregor Room of Alderman Library for a party in honor of retiring University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Martha Sites. They came to say farewell and to celebrate her 42 years of service to the University with food, drink, and reminiscences about the times they shared together.
Martha came to the Library in 1996 from her position as Director of User Support for UVA central information technology, bringing a passion for blending traditional librarianship with technological innovation, and a professional interest in data curation and digital preservation. Her work as executive lead for the Academic Preservation Trust consortium has contributed to the survival of the scholarly record for generations to come.
Among those reliving old times and wishing Martha well were family and friends, as well as colleagues and former colleagues from the Library and the University community. Martha was remembered as a leader, friend, and mentor by speakers including Provost Tom Katsouleas, Vice Provost Anda Webb, and Library Senior Director of Administration & Planning Donna Tolson. The University Library Committee presented Martha with a print of one of the Rotunda’s capitals as a token of their esteem and appreciation, and the Library helped transition Martha into retirement with gifts to cultivate her gardening skills.
Thank you Martha, and enjoy your well-deserved retirement!
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