Posted by Philip Poole on 2010-08-31


Lori Northrup has been named associate director and chair of collection/management of Samford University’s library effective Oct. 1. Northrup had been on the library staff since 2002 and reference department chair since 2005. She replaces Suzanne Peterson, who retired in May.
“Lori was identified as the best candidate for this position following a national search,” said University Library Director Kimmetha Herndon. “[We] are fortunate to have someone with such excellent professional credentials, as well as a proven commitment to the Samford mission and community.”
In her new role, Northrup will assist in administering library operations relating to all phases of collection management, acquisitions and fiscal management. She also will work with the Herndon to enhance services, resources and programs.
Northrup received a bachelor of arts degree in English and French from Troy (Ala.) University and a master of library science degree from the University of Alabama. She is Alabama chapter vice president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries and also is a member of the American Library Association and the Alabama Library Association.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.