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Brian Lym Named Director of Library Services at Napa Valley College

NAPA, CA, MAY 6, 2020 – Brian Lym has been named director of library services at Napa Valley College, announced María L. Villagómez, senior dean, language arts, library and social sciences. 

“Brian Lym’s educational qualifications and his breadth of experience in higher education are impressive,” said Villagómez. “He is not only an experienced library director, he is also very familiar with teaching. This position is a new one at Napa Valley College; Brian will help to shape it, bringing his years of demonstrated experience as an administrator, educator and forward thinker. I very much look forward to carrying out our joint vision and the vision of the College to improve the quality of instruction and services to our students and our community at large.”

Lym has more than 25 years of experience as an academic librarian and a tenured faculty member.  Most recently, he served as dean of libraries and chief librarian at Hunter College in New York. Prior to that, he served as dean of university libraries at Adelphi University in New York, where he oversaw all operations and services of the Adelphi University libraries, including strategic planning, operational planning and assessment, and the fiscal preparation and management of a $6.4 million budget.  

At Adelphi, Lym envisioned and strategically led the redesign of spaces and services at the library. The plan led to new spaces and created collaboration studios for group study with enhanced technology; modular, high-tech library classrooms for high-impact instruction; 3D studio and Makerspace; a podcasting studio; and a one-stop service point for basic reference service, IT help and writing center support. He also provided strategic leadership for the total renovation of the library of Medgar Evers College in New York, a $21 million project.  

At NVC, Lym will provide strategic vision and leadership for the College’s McCarthy Library. The library provides students, staff, faculty and community users with access to a wide range of resources, programs and services that support teaching and learning at NVC. Lym’s most recent experience co-leading the City University of New York libraries massive service changes in response to COVID-19 are certain to prove beneficial to his new role at Napa Valley College.

Among his other accomplishments, Lym is co-editor of a book to be published in 2021 by the Association of College and Research Libraries, “Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries,”which focuses on the challenges and opportunities for fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in academic library leadership and staffing.

For Lym, the appointment at Napa Valley College is a welcome return home to the Bay Area and to more direct interaction with students and faculty. “I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to initiate and lead the organizational restructuring and physical renovation of college and university libraries to better serve their students, faculty, staff and communities,” he said. “But with this position, I truly return to my métier – directly developing and guiding library services. And what a great team of administrators, staff and faculty who are my colleagues here at NVC!””    

Lym holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities and two master’s degree, in Wildland Resource Science and Library and Information Studies, from University of California, Berkeley. A Bay Area native, he now resides in Glen Ellen with his spouse, Scot Medbury, who was recently appointed executive director of Quarryhill Botanical Garden.   

About Napa Valley College
Napa Valley College prepares students for evolving roles in a diverse, dynamic, and interdependent world. The college is an accredited open-access, degree- and certificate-granting institution that is committed to student achievement through high-quality programs and services that are continuously evaluated and improved. The college serves students and the community in the following areas:  transfer courses, career-technical education and training, basic skills, and self-supporting contract education and community education classes. Napa Valley College is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa. Learn more at

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: Holly Dawson, Public Information Officer, Napa Valley College
(707) 256-7112

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