Celebrating Beth Hammond

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The Mercer University Library would like to thank Beth Hammond for her 40 years of outstanding service!

40 Years of Outstanding Service to Mercer University


The Mercer University Library would like to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of our Dean, Elizabeth Dankert Hammond, on the occasion of her retirement after 40 years of service to Mercer. Dean Hammond joined Mercer University in 1978 when the Macon campus library was still in Stetson. She served as interim library director twice, before being named University Librarian in 1999, and the first Dean in 2001.  Her tenure as Dean has focused on promoting the outstanding work of her faculty and staff, providing stellar services to Mercerians, and uniting the branches of the library under the banner of the Mercer University Library.

In recent library history, Dean Hammond has enabled a legacy of collections and donations, such as the Holmes Collection of Ancient Objects and the Ken Medema collection, which will be serving future Mercer scholars for generations.  She has also spearheaded the beautiful space renovation on the main floor of Tarver Library, which was completed this spring. This renovation included new furniture and shelving and introduced more soft seating and power outlets for student use.

Dean Hammond’s years at Mercer have left an indelible impression on the Mercer community at large, thanks to her joy, her generosity of spirit, her persistence, her unbounded knowledge, and her constant, strong desire to serve. The faculty and staff of the Mercer University Library are, and will continue to be, thankful for the time that Dean Hammond served with us and for all the work she has done to support “Mercer’s initiatives in service, research, and scholarship.”

Thank you, Dean Hammond, and we wish you well as you start your retirement in July.

Dean Hammond has also written a short message to Mercerians that can be found here.