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Leader of Millstein Library's digital revolution will retire

| Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:20 p.m.
Patricia Duck will retire as director of Millstein Library at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

Patricia M. Duck of Export has retired as director of Millstein Library at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

Duck has been the director since 1986. As the coordinator of the Regional University Library System, she supervised campus libraries at Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville, including personnel, facilities management, budgeting, and information literacy. The four are part are part of Pitt's University Library System.

“Today's library is at the center of the digital revolution that has changed how we think, learn and communicate,” said Sharon P. Smith, president of Pitt-Greensburg. “Pat Duck has been a leader in positioning the Pitt-Greensburg library, in particular, and as an advocate for the regional libraries, in general, as a major resource in enabling us to establish a new model for liberal arts education for the 21st century.”

Over the past two years, Millstein Library has expanded to include a digital media lab, funded in part by a grant from the R. K. Mellon Foundation and the Carl F. Poke Endowment.

The lab offers equipment and software to allow the campus community to experiment with image production tools and technologies and develop proficiency in editing multimedia projects. The lab includes two scanners, four Windows desktop computers, two new MacBook Pro laptops, a collaborative work station, video cameras, a Korg keyboard to provide original and mixed audio files and music, a color printer and a 42-inch color poster printer.

In the past year, a student group, Pitt-Greensburg Media, has produced two documentaries for nonprofits, along with promotional videos for campus use.

In addition to supervising two faculty librarians, four staff members and one volunteer, Duck oversaw Millstein Library's operations, budget and 78,000-volume collection. The library averages 60,000 patrons each year. She serves as a consultant to the Digital Mitford Archive at Pitt-Greensburg, which is part of a larger project being conducted by Elisa Beshero-Bondar, an associate professor of English.

Duck developed the Friends of the Millstein Library to promote and foster community involvement; an annual One Book, One Community reading event; a library consortium with academic libraries in Westmoreland County; an annual children's literature conference, and a campus archives collection.

Duck is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her master's and doctoral degrees in library science. She graduated from George Washington University in 1974 and worked for Washington-based libraries, such as the U.S. Department of the Interior Library and the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History Library, before joining the University of Pittsburgh in 1979.

She received Pitt-Greensburg's 1998 Distinguished Service Award and was elected to Beta Phi Mu, the library science honor society. She and her husband, John Duck, have three children and three grandchildren.