W. Lee Hisle was appointed Vice President for Information Services and Librarian of the College in January 2000. As CIO, he oversees all libraries, instructional technology, administrative systems, networks and telecommunications. Prior to his appointment in 2000, he served as Associate Vice President of Learning Resources Services and Faculty Development for the Austin Community College District, a large multi-campus college in Austin, Texas. He also was Interim Executive Vice President for Instructional Affairs at ACC in 1999.
Active in professional associations, he is past Chair of the Board of Trustees of LYRASIS, the nation’s largest regional membership organization serving libraries and information professionals in some 37 states. He is a past President of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, and was the Chair of the Tenth ACRL National Conference. More recently, he chaired the ACRL Focus on the Future Task Force, the Legislative Issues Task Force, the ACRL Government Relations Committee, and is a past-Chair of the ALA Nominating Committee that nominated the first Hispanic president of the ALA. He has served on the North East Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) Board of Directors and was Chair of the 2003 NERCOMP Annual Conference. He is past-chair of the NELINET Board of Directors, a cooperative of over 500 libraries in New England. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Mystic-Noank Public Library, Mystic, Conn., and has recently completed a six-year term on the board of Pine Point School, an independent school in Stonington, Conn.
His research interests include effective management of merged information services organizations, the library-as-place, and the future of higher education and libraries, especially as related to the impact of technology and digital resources on the academy. He has made recent presentations at EDUCAUSE, NERCOMP, the Council on Library and information Recourses CIO Group, the Charleston Conference on Library Acquisitions, the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges Conference, and the Electronic Resources In Libraries Conference.
Lee received his bachelor's degree from Berea College in Kentucky, his master's in library science from the University of Kentucky, and his doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
The Vice President for Information Services and Librarian of the College
The Vice President for Information Services and Librarian of the College is the chief information officer of the College and is responsible for managing the College’s information resources and information technology infrastructure and services. It is a position appointed by the President and is a member of the senior administrative team.
The Vice President is a voting member of the faculty. He leads and manages the Information Services department at Connecticut College, which has become a national model for the management of information resources in higher education. The libraries and technology-related areas of the College combined in 1995 to form Information Services, which includes traditional library services, administrative computing, telecommunications, networks, desktop computer support, Web services, special collections and archives, and instructional technology. Information Services (IS) manages and supports the Language and Culture Center, open-access computing labs, departmental computer labs, the Digital Curriculum and Scholarship Center, media services, and technology-rich classrooms. IS acquires, leases or otherwise makes available the resources necessary for students and faculty members to achieve their research and scholarship goals. IS provides research support services and teaches the skills needed to find and use information resources ethically and effectively.
The Vice President oversees the planning, maintenance and security of the campus technology infrastructure, and management of software systems including Ellucian (formerly SunGard Higher Education) Banner, the College public website and CamelWeb, numerous other administrative systems, and email. In addition, IS offers technology and information security instruction for faculty, students and staff. The Vice President directs departmental staff in a continuing effort to increase research skills among students and others in the Connecticut College community. Connecticut College is a member of the CTW (Connecticut College-Trinity College-Wesleyan University) Consortium, which shares a library catalog of over two million items and numerous database licenses. The Vice President is responsible for strengthening this and other important partnerships including those with the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges, the Council on Library and Information Resources CIO Group, NERCOMP, EDUCAUSE, and the Oberlin Group of College Libraries.