Hunter Library hires two new department heads

Mark A. Stoffan has joined Hunter Library as head of digital, access, and technology services, and Peter Johnson is the new head of access services.

Stoffan comes to WCU from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he was associate director for library technology at Strozier Library for the past three years. Prior to that he was director of technical services and technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also held faculty and technical support positions at the libraries of Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and was an assistant librarian at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine. From 2003 until 2007 he served as the network librarian for the Western North Carolina Library Network, the collaboration among the UNC-Asheville, Appalachian State University and WCU libraries to share books and other materials through the delivery system known as ABC Express.

Stoffan earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine, master of arts in American and New England studies at the University of Southern Maine, and master of library and information science at the University of South Carolina. He has published a number of articles and reviews in professional journals, including College and Research Libraries News and others. He is a member of national organizations including the American Library Association, College and Research Libraries Association, Library Administration and Management Association, and the Libraries and Information Technology Association, where he served as chair of the heads of library technology interest group.

Peter Johnson of Hiawassee, Ga., is the new head of access services at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library.

Johnson comes to WCU after serving for five years as regional technology librarian for the Mountain Regional Library System of Young Harris, Ga. The library system serves three counties through four branch locations. He was on the staff of the Chapel Hill Public Library for 11 years and supervised the circulation department there for six years.

He is a graduate of University of Tennessee at Knoxville and earned his master’s degree in linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was awarded the master of library science degree in 2004 from North Carolina Central University in Durham.

At the WCU library, Johnson will have responsibility for the circulation desks, interlibrary loan and document delivery services and the Curriculum Materials Center.