by Melissa Ardery, Published January 07, 2013
YPSILANTI - Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Tara Fulton, a dean at Eastern Michigan University, to the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees. Fulton is dean of the Bruce T. Halle Library at EMU.
The 13-member board, which meets four times per year, advises the Michigan Department of Education on Library of Michigan services, policies, budget, and operations.
"I am particularly pleased to serve on the board, because the Library of Michigan is a very dynamic state library," says Fulton, a Dexter resident. "As a board member I can serve as a voice to encourage people in Michigan to learn what the Library of Michigan and other libraries throughout the state can do for them."
The Library of Michigan serves as a repository for state documents; provides law library services for state government; provides historical collections related to Michigan; supports statewide services for libraries, and administers the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). The eLibrary is the online database for statewide sharing of resources.
The collaboration of public, school, academic, special and other types of libraries, allows board members to provide Michiganders with state-of -the-art library services in the most efficient manner possible, says Fulton.
Before joining Eastern Michigan University in 2010, Fulton served as dean of library and information systems, and associate vice president for academic affairs at Lock Haven University. She has served as the associate director of library and information services at Bucknell University. Both universities are located in Pennsylvania.
"I understand the mission of State Libraries and the kinds of challenges they face," Fulton says. "I have served on, and worked with many boards, so I also bring knowledge of ways that board members can be supportive and productive within their positions."
Fulton received a bachelor's degree in German, and a master's degree in library information systems from Indiana University. She also received a master's degree in education from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the Pennsylvania State University.
Fulton will serve a three-year term that expires October 1, 2015.