Associate Dean of University Libraries and
Director of University of Washington Tacoma Library
Charles Lord is Associate Dean of University Libraries and the Director of the University of Washington, Tacoma Library. University of Washington, Tacoma is an urban upper-division and graduate-level, non-residential campus that is changing the face of its region architecturally, culturally, and economically. In autumn 2006 UW Tacoma will begin evolving to a full four-year baccalaureate institution.
UW Tacoma was established in 1990 and opened its permanent campus in Tacoma ’s historic warehouse district in 1997. The campus has already been honored with national awards for urban design and preservation. The UW Tacoma Library was featured in the April 2000 issue of American Libraries. The Library facility includes the Snoqualmie Falls Power Company Transformer House which was built in 1902 and now serves as the defining landmark for the campus. UW Tacoma is located across from the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum and the Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art.
Prior to coming to UW Tacoma, Charles was the Head of the Engineering Library on the UW Seattle campus. Charles began his career with the University of Washington Libraries in 1983 as the Assistant Forest Service Information Northwest Librarian. Located in the Forest Resources Library, Forest Service Information Northwest was a contract library service established to serve U.S. Forest Service personnel.
In 1997 Charles was honored by the Engineering Division of the Special Libraries Association, and Engineering Information, Inc. as the “Engineering Librarian of the Year.” He is the author of Guide to Information Sources in Engineering published by Libraries Unlimited in 2000. Charles was a lecturer in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science from 1997 to 2001.
Charles holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Fresno Pacific College (1975), a Master of Arts (1981) from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, and a Master of Librarianship (1982) from the University of Washington . During 2004 Charles attended the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians co-sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries and Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.