Charles A. Litchfield III, assistant professor of University Libraries at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “assistant professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1976, Litchfield headed early library automation projects involving the Virginia Tech Library System, the library’s locally developed online catalog. In addition, he was an early facilitator of cataloging online journals that greatly enhanced electronic access for Virginia Tech’s researchers.

His automation expertise also supported Virginia Tech’s international outreach efforts when he helped on an automation project involving an agricultural library system in Albania.

Litchfield, who served as head of the Department of Systems and User Services, enhanced the library’s commitment to customer service through the coordination and collection of student and faculty feedback on library services, programs, and facilities, and ensured that appropriate library units were apprised of current user needs.

Litchfield received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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