MAC Retiree: Rick Peterson
On February 7, 2014, the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives bid a fond farewell to Rick Peterson. Rick came to Duke after working at UVA’s Claude Moore Health Sciences Library in Charlottesville, VA and ECU’s William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library in Greenville, NC, bringing with him management and technology skills, as well as a wealth of professional library experience.
For the past 13 years, Rick served as the Deputy Director of the Library, handling everything from security and fire safety, to policies and Library hours, and managing the Library units responsible for providing access to our collections. During his years at Duke, he supervised cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, collection development, electronic resources acquisition, journal management, and interlibrary loan and document delivery.
He also filled the role of Duke AHEC librarian, representing the Library and Duke at the NC AHEC libraries network and working with AHEC librarians on a statewide basis. From this work, he also got involved in disaster recovery plans for libraries within the state and the region, establishing protocols for providing backup services if disaster strikes.
Rick also served on national committees within the Medical Library Association (MLA) and was the Chair of MAC, in addition to serving on MAC committees and handling local conference arrangements. He co-authored numerous poster presentations, papers delivered at national and regional conferences, as well as peer-reviewed journal articles.
Rick says that the favorite thing he did in his career was being a member of the World’s First International Open Access Library Rock Band – The Bearded Pigs, and playing at many MLA meetings and other professional conferences. In addition to being a drummer, Rick’s other passions were his family (including grandchildren), time at the beach, cars (especially Porsches), and his dogs!
Rick will be remembered by staff for encouraging people to succeed, recognizing their contributions to Duke, focusing on customer-service, and making sure people had fun while being committed to quality work. We wish him the best in his retirement and all his new adventures.