Lareese M. Hall, an experienced academic librarian and educator with a commitment to social justice and creative interdisciplinary practice, will join Colby College this summer as the director of Colby Libraries.

Currently the dean of libraries at the Rhode Island School of Design, Hall has worked in libraries at MIT; the University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Denison University; Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of New Mexico. Her approach to librarianship—as a critical, social, and creative interdisciplinary practice—is grounded not only in her academic library background, but more than a decade of experience in education, public art, and community development.

“I am thrilled to join the Colby College community,” Hall said. “I am impressed by the genuine commitment to and engagement in the Libraries as a core component of academic life on campus. Academic libraries can be future-focused, creative, and dynamic collaborative platforms for curiosity and learning – that is what excites me about this work.”

As director of libraries, Hall will oversee the programs of Miller Library—Colby’s flagship library—as well as the Bixler Art and Music Library, the Olin Science Library, and Special Collections. The libraries’ missions include: teaching and guiding students to conduct research and ethically use information; collaborating with faculty for their individual teaching and research needs; providing access to resources for faculty and students; preserving and promoting primary sources, including the College’s rare and unique materials, and providing user-centered spaces for group and individual research and learning.

Hall begins her new role at Colby in August.