WAUKESHA, WIS.— Dr. Lelan McLemore, former director of the Todd
Wehr Memorial Library and a retired professor of political science at Carroll University, has been awarded the Wisconsin Library Association’s 2012 Citation of Merit.
In its citation, the WLA’s Awards and Honors Committee noted that “although Dr. McLemore is not a librarian, his nomination supporters say ‘… the library has been his great passion, and he has succeeded in creating a library populated with an excellent staff, state-of-the-art resources, and students and faculty who consider the Todd Wehr Memorial Library the center of academic life on campus.’”
McLemore joined the Carroll faculty in 1972. He taught political science for 25 years and served a stint as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1997, he was appointed interim library director to oversee a major library renovation, after which a permanent library director was to be hired.
However, in the process of renovating the building, McLemore was inspired to re-invent library services by advocating for better funding, and mentoring and motivating staff to find innovative ways to fulfill the library’s mission. For example, in 2007, the library established the Learning Commons, where students can go for extra help in challenging courses, peer tutoring in any subject and help with writing. That first year, students visited the Learning Commons about 7,600 times. In the 2011-2012 academic year, students made a total of 91,300 visits to the Learning Commons.
McLemore, a longtime Waukesha resident, retired at the end of the 2011-2012
academic year. He lives in France.