Ryann Fair: Profiles of Milne Library Staff

Business Manager Ryann Fair

If there’s one person in Milne that you need to know, it’s Ryann Fair.  She’s the Library’s new  business manager, and she has her finger on the pulse of library operations.  If you’ve attended a recent event hosted by Milne, chances are that Ryann coordinated it.  Summer building renovations?  Ryann works with the office staff in managing those. But most of what she does happens behind the scenes, like donor and alumni relations, overseeing the Library’s budget, acting as Milne’s hiring manager, and serving on diverse Library teams including the Assessment, Marketing, and Travel Teams.

Having the opportunity to work with every department and staff member is the thing Ryann likes best about her job.  “The staff is fantastic. The initiatives the Library is undertaking are fun and exciting, and I get to help out with them.”

Before joining the staff last April, Ryann was the administrative specialist at Nazareth College’s Lorette Wilmot Library, a job she loved.  She made the move to Milne, she says, because it offered the chance to do much of the same sort of work but also to do more — and more challenging — things.  Ryann holds a B.A. in psychology from Houghton College, an M.A. in liberal studies from Nazareth, and is working toward an M.S. in management from Nazareth.

Outside work, Ryann has an active social life and gets together with friends once — and sometimes twice — each weekend.  Her best vacations, she says, were trips to Cape Cod, renting a house with three other couples.  She hopes to take a tour of European cities someday.

Among her quieter pursuits are making jewelery and ceramics (she has a minor in fine arts), reading (Kristin Hanna is one of her favorite authors), movies (her tastes tend toward sci-fi), cooking (learned from her Sicilian grandmother), and running.

Ryann’s office is in Milne 214, and she be contacted at [email protected] or 245-5598.

Ed Rivenburgh retires as Milne Library Director

Ed Rivenburgh

After more than 15 years as the Director of Milne Library, Ed Rivenburgh has retired from that position, leaving it in the capable hands of Associate Director Cyril Oberlander, who has been appointed Interim Library Director by Provost Carol Long.  Ed will continue to work part-time, however, as the IDS Project Director from his office in Millne 221.

“Under Ed’s leadership Milne Library has become one of the most successful and innovative small campus libraries in the country,” noted Provost Long in her announcement to the campus this week.  Cyril, she said, “is a remarkably insightful, energetic, innovative and creative library administrator, and we are extraordinarily fortunate to be able to benefit from his talents.”

Cyril Oberlander

The staff at Milne congratulate Ed on his stellar career, his well-earned retirement, and his new role as IDS Director.  And we look forward to working with Cyril as he leads the Library toward an exciting future!

Milne Library welcomes our new Associate Director!

Cyril Oberlander, former Director of Interlibrary Services at the University of Virginia and Head of Interlibrary Loan at Portland State University, has joined the staff of Milne Library as Associate Library Director. He started his new position on Monday, January 7th.

Cyril’s library background is interlibrary loan services at academic institutions and he brings to Milne a wealth of experience and expertise in this area. Cyril has published and presented extensively on library interlibrary loan issues and Milne is excited and privileged to have him join our staff. Next time you are in the library, stop by the Administrative Office and say hello!