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Artemis G. Kirk Retirement Celebration

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Join Georgetown University Provost Robert Groves and the Georgetown University Library to celebrate the retirement of Artemis G. Kirk, University Librarian, on Friday, November 10 from 3-5 pm in Wolfington Hall, Courtesy of the Jesuit Community.

Artemis G. Kirk has served as the University Librarian since 2001. Her work over the past sixteen years has advanced the University’s prominence in research, teaching and learning.

In her role as University Librarian, Artemis oversees the University Library, which contains nearly 3.8 million volumes in all formats, is open 24 hours a day and includes the Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library, Blommer Science Library, School of Continuing Studies Library, and Woodstock Theological Library, on the Main Campus. These libraries provide staff expertise, academic resources, special collections and spaces for research, teaching, and study throughout our campuses.

Artemis has expanded and deepened the University Library’s engagement with the Georgetown University community. She led the planning and funding of the newly renovated Booth Family Center for Special Collections, home to Georgetown University’s rare book collections, manuscript collections, the Georgetown University Archives and the University Art Collection. Under Artemis’ leadership, the Library raised close to $24 million in the For Generations to Come campaign.

Artemis has enhanced existing partnerships and created new ones in support of research, teaching, learning, and collaboration, strengthening the role of the Faculty Library Advisory Committee and the Georgetown University Library Board, engaging students through various governance organizations. The Midnight Mug in the Library was an early collaboration with The Students of Georgetown, Inc. (“The Corp”) and the community spaces offer opportunities for conversations among faculty and students. She has continued and expanded The Marino Family International Writers' Academic Workshop for new students, bringing the program to Doha and to London. Artemis also encouraged the Carroll Fellows faculty and students to conduct semester-long research projects using the resources and expertise of Special Collections.

Artemis has expanded and built relationships around the world, including the development of the “Lauinger Library in London” program, her work with the Pontifical Institute libraries in Rome, and her contributions to the development of the proposed Jesuit Liberal Arts College for Hong Kong. Under her leadership, Georgetown has become a member of numerous national and international higher education and information associations.

Artemis’ innovation at our libraries has allowed us to advance in a constantly changing technological and educational environment. She launched Digital Georgetown, the University’s institutional repository and open access content provider of scholarship and resources created at Georgetown.

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