Posted by Tully Taylor on 2011-11-17

Jaro Szurek was selected as chair of cataloging and metadata at the Samford University Library, effective Nov. 15. Previously an associate librarian at the library, Szurek will now manage all aspects of cataloging of the library’s resources and review current and new policies and procedures to verify that they are still current and up-to-date.

Szurek joined the Samford library in 2003 as the cataloging/music librarian and was promoted to associate librarian in 2010-2011. He has also taught music appreciation in Samford’s School of the Arts for eight years.

A native of Poland, Szurek received a masters of arts in musicology, which included a bachelor of arts degree, from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and a master of science in information science from the University of Albany-State University of New York.                  

“The library and institution are both pleased and fortunate to have in this position a professional of his caliber with a proven commitment to the Samford mission and community,” said University Library Director Kimmetha Herndon.

 
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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.