UW–Madison Libraries Vice Provost Ed Van Gemert is pleased to announce that Doug Way, currently Head of Collections and Scholarly Communications at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Michigan, has been selected as the new Associate University Librarian for Collections and Research Services.

Doug Way“I am excited to have Doug join our executive team at the UW–Madison Libraries,” says Vice Provost Ed Van Gemert. “Doug presents a compelling vision for the direction of the Libraries’ collections and the opportunities we have to further develop research services and collections of distinction. His experience has shown that he is able to connect library collections and research services in ways that will strongly support the mission of the University. Doug possesses impressive knowledge of the organizational issues that we need to address as we move forward with our new strategic framework, and has proven to be very effective in working with campus partners in developing new directions and services. We are fortunate to have a new colleague of Doug’s stature, and I hope you will all join me in welcoming him to the UW–Madison campus.”

Way has been at Grand Valley State University since 2002. In his position as Head of Collections and Scholarly Communications, he has been responsible for creating progressive collection development programs that are closely aligned with the scope and mission of the university. He also spearheaded a statewide distributed shared print program that resulted in nine state-funded institutes in Michigan now working collectively to manage widely held low-use collections.

In addition to his responsibilities for collection management, Way directed the libraries’ scholarly communication program, that provided leadership and direction in the areas of web-based publishing and repository services, copyright, author rights, and open access. The GVSU’s repository grew by more than 2,000% under his leadership and today hosts journals for three scholarly societies.

Way is well-versed in the research needs of faculty and graduate students. At Grand Valley he worked with stakeholders in the library and across campus to identify needs and develop a range of services that support faculty and graduate students at different points along the research cycle, ranging from data management and curation to copyright. His skills and abilities to communicate and collaborate will be invaluable in helping the UW–Madison Libraries as they move forward in support of the research, teaching, and learning missions of the Libraries and the University.

Commenting on his recent appointment Way said, “I am thrilled to be joining the University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries. This is an exciting time to be working in libraries and I look forward to collaborating with an outstanding team of professionals to continue to develop collections and research services that meet the needs and mission of the University.”

Way’s appointment is effective April 1, 2014.