Andy Stewart, director of library and learning resources at Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Curtis Laws Wilson Library, will retire from his position effective Friday, Aug. 31. Maggie Trish, assistant director for library technical services, will serve as interim director during the search for a permanent successor.
Stewart joined the Missouri S&T staff as a reference librarian in 1987. He was later promoted to head of reference and then head of collections. Following a national search, he was named library director in 2002.
“Andy has been a great ambassador for the Curtis Laws Wilson Library and for Missouri S&T,” says S&T Provost Warren K. Wray. “His expertise in library science has kept our facility running like clockwork. His ‘can-do’ attitude marked his tenure as director, and his willingness to add new features to our library underscored his intent to keep our facility at the modern edge of library information technology and services to accommodate the needs of our campus’s growing enrollment. His leadership and resourcefulness will be missed.”
During his tenure, Stewart worked to improve library and learning services for students. The first floor now gives students, faculty and staff access to both the Miner Break Coffee Shop and the IT Walk-in Center, which offers scanning and banner-making services. The library also houses the Scholars’ Mine, an open digital archive of S&T faculty members’ scholarly works.
Stewart has been active in the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and held the positions of secretary-treasurer, program chair and division chair. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Iowa State University in 1972, a master of business administration degree from Missouri State University in 1982, and a master of arts degree in library and information science from the University of Iowa in 1987.
“My service as director has been very much a group effort,” Stewart says. “I am extra blessed to have had such tremendous cooperation and contributions from library faculty and staff to the library’s overall focus on students and student learning. I extend my humble thanks to everyone who works, or has worked, in the library over my 25 years here.”
A member of the U.S. Army Reserve at the time, Stewart deployed as a quartermaster warrant officer to Southwest Asia from August 2004 to October 2005. Trish served as interim director in his absence.
Stewart is active in the Rolla community, serving as a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Missouri Festival of Sharing, Boy Scouts, Phelps County Faith Distribution, Rolla Public Library Board of Trustees, ShelterBox International and Rolla Breakfast Rotary International, where he served as president and secretary.
Trish began work at Missouri S&T in 2000 as a cataloger and was later promoted to head of cataloging. She served as interim director during Stewart’s absence in 2004-2005 and was promoted to assistant director for technical services in 2006.
Trish earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Northern Illinois University in 1985, a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Oregon in 1988 and a master of arts in library science from the University of Arizona in 1995. She is active in the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG), an organization that brings publishers, vendors and librarians together to discuss developments and issues in the scholarly information chain. She served on the conference planning committee for the 2011 NASIG Conference, which was held in St. Louis.