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Director of Millstein Library retires after 28-years of service

TThe University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg announced the retirement of Patricia M. Duck, PhD, who served as director of Millstein Library and coordinator of the University of Pittsburgh’s regional libraries, which are part of Pitt’s University Library System (ULS).

Duck’s 28-year career at Pitt-Greensburg begin in 1986 when she was named director of Millstein Library. Her career is highlighted by a desire to assist students, faculty, and staff with developing a deep knowledge of how to use the library’s resources as well as initiating programs and services at Millstein Library that showcase the digital resources available both at Millstein Library and through Pitt’s University Library System.

“Today’s library is at the center of the digital revolution that has changed how we think, learn, and communicate,” said Sharon P. Smith, PhD, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. “Pat Duck has been a leader in positioning the Pitt-Greensburg library, in particular, and as an advocate for the regional libraries, in general, as a major resource in enabling us to establish a new model for liberal arts education for the 21st century.”

Over the past two years, under her direction, Millstein Library has expanded its resources to include a digital media lab. Funded in part by a grant from the R. K. Mellon Foundation and the Carl F. Poke Endowment, the lab features equipment and software that allow the campus community to experiment with image production tools and technologies and develop proficiency in editing multi-media projects. The lab continues to expand and includes two scanners, four Windows desktop computers, two new MacBook Pro laptops, a collaborative work station, high-end video cameras, a Korg keyboard to provide original and mixed audio files and music, a color printer, 42-inch color poster printer, and the necessary software to operate this equipment for creative purposes.

As a result of the digital lab being established, a new group on campus was initiated: Pitt-Greensburg Media. Over the course of the past year, the student-led group has produced two documentaries for non-profits in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties as well as promotional videos for the Pitt-Greensburg campus use in email campaigns and on the web site.

In addition to supervising two faculty librarians, four staff members, and one volunteer, Duck oversaw Millstein Library’s operations, budget, and 78,000-volume collection. The library averages 60,000 patrons each year, including more than 1,700 undergraduates, 120 faculty members, and other members of the campus and greater community.

She serves as the primary support to the Pitt-Greensburg’s Natural Sciences Division, secondary support to the Behavioral and Humanities Divisions, and is a consultant to the Digital Mitford Archive at Pitt-Greensburg that is part of a larger project being conducted by Elisa Beshero-Bondar, PhD, associate professor of English.

Among Duck’s other accomplishments are the development of the Friends of the Millstein Library group to promote and foster community involvement with the campus, an annual One Book, One Community reading event, a library consortium with academic libraries in Westmoreland County to facilitate lending and cooperation, the establishment of an annual Children’s Literature Conference, and the development of a campus archives collection.

As the coordinator of the Regional University Library System Libraries, she supervised the four regional campus libraries at Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville, including personnel, facilities management, budgeting, and information literacy.

Duck is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she earned her MLS in 1980 and her PhD in 1992. She graduated from George Washington University in 1974 and worked for Washington, DC, based libraries, such as the US Department of the Interior Library and the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History Library, before joining the staff at the University of Pittsburgh Libraries in 1979.

Duck was the recipient of Pitt-Greensburg’s 1998 Distinguished Service Award. She also was elected to Beta Phi Mu, the library science honor society.

She has written book chapters on the topics of digital media in academic libraries and mentoring and shared her expertise in how to enhance the relevancy of libraries in the digital age at conferences and through professional journals. Her professional memberships include the American Library Association, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ACLTS), and the University of Pittsburgh ULS Peer Review Committee, Users Services Group, and Voyager Planning Group.

A resident of Export, PA, she is married to John Duck. They are the parents of Mike Duck, Jenn Duck, and Matthew Duck and have three grandchildren.

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