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So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu

After 21 years of service to Penn Libraries, Stephen Lehmann is retiring, effective July 31, 2008. Despite his protests to the contrary, the Libraries will host a party in his honor on Friday, July 25th.

Stephen received his BA, MA, and MLS from the University of California-Berkeley. After teaching in Lesotho as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years, he earned an Ed.M. from Harvard University. Choosing to dedicate his professional career to librarianship, he accepted an appointment as a Cataloger at UC-San Diego in 1977 before becoming the Modern Languages Bibliographer at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1979. In 1987, Stephen came to Penn from a position at Swarthmore College, and has been Librarian and Coordinator of Humanities Collections since 1990.

An author, reviewer, and translator, Stephen has also contributed to the wider profession through his affiliation with the Western European Specialists Section (WESS) of ACRL, serving as Chair in 1992. In 2003, Oxford University Press published to critical acclaim, Rudolf Serkin: A Life, which Stephen co-authored with Swarthmore's Scheuer Family Professor of Humanities, Marion Faber, and to which Paul Farber, Head of the Rosengarten Reserve & Undergraduate Study Center in Penn Libraries, contributed a 40-page discography.

A consummate humanist by profession and personal persuasion, Stephen has profoundly shaped Penn's collections over decades past for the benefit of current and future generations of scholars. From 2004 through 2006, Stephen ably served as the Chair of Penn Libraries' Collection Development Council. Recognizing the importance of preserving digital resources, in 2007 he advocated for a standing library committee to monitor national e-journal archiving initiatives and was rewarded by becoming the Task Force's inaugural Chair.

As a colleague, friend, and mentor, Stephen's daily presence will be greatly missed by the Penn library and academic community. We wish Stephen all the best in his retirement!

For more information:
Martha Brogan, Director of Collection Development and Management