By Marc Boisclair, Circulation Supervisor

Following a nationwide search, the Drew Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Shetler as head of special collections, archives and Methodist librarian. Brian will direct the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, and will lead library services for the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) for the United Methodist Church.

PHOTO: Brian Shelter in the Methodist Archives. Credit: Lynne Delade“This is a dream job for me,” says Shetler, who has served as Special Collections assistant for the library since arriving at Drew in 2013. In this role, he has supported researchers, faculty and students by monitoring the Wilson Reading Room, assisting patrons with research requests and curating exhibits of special collections materials. “I have the opportunity to share an amazing collection of rare books and archival materials with our students, faculty and staff,” adds Shetler, who has already processed several Drew archival collections and given class presentations on rare books and materials for students of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the Theological School.

“I look forward to working with Brian as he further promotes and integrates the library’s special collections and university archives into course instruction at the university,” says Debra Liebowitz, associate provost, adding that she’s enthusiastic about the potential to “raise the international profile of our unparalleled Methodist collection.”

Shetler has published several articles and book reviews in The American Archivist and The Primary Source. “Prophet and Profit: John Wesley, Publishing and the Arminian Magazine,” his most recent article, was highlighted in the January 2015 issue of Methodist History, the GCAH’s scholarly journal. “We’re delighted by Brian’s appointment,” says the Reverend Fred Day, general secretary for the GCAH. “Brian’s no stranger to us, having worked in the Methodist Archives for the last several years. He’ll be a great asset.”

Brian has a BA in English literature from American University, a MSLIS from Simmons College and is currently a PhD candidate in history and culture at Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. His research interests include the history of the book and the history of publishing in Great Britain.

This article originally appeared in Visions, the Library Newsletter, Spring 2017