Yanos Appointed Director of Library Systems

January 16, 2024
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Allison Yanos

On January 3, Allison Yanos, who has served with the Baylor Libraries since 2006, began her tenure as Director of Library Systems. In her new role, she will oversee the core library system infrastructure and the discovery services that she has helped to implement and maintain throughout her career.

In her previous roles as Catalog Librarian, Database Management & Systems Librarian, and then the Assistant Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Yanos implemented new cataloging standards, migrated the Libraries to Ex Libris Alma from Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra, and helped to manage the implementation of several discovery layers — AquaBrowser, Summon, and Primo VE. As part of implementing Alma, she extracted data from millions of Sierra records to develop the new catalog and made important migration and configuration decisions. In addition, she helped to put third-party integrations in place to help the new system work with GOBI, OCLC, and other important third-party library systems.

“I am excited to take this next step in my career,” said Yanos. “Since becoming a librarian, I have gravitated toward gaining a better understanding of library systems with an eye for how to improve the quality of the metadata within the systems, improve workflows for catalogers, and ultimately improve the end user experience for Baylor students, faculty, staff, and outside researchers. As the Director of Library Systems, I welcome the chance to help implement and manage additional library systems, applications, and services.”

Yanos will succeed Denyse Rodgers who will retire in May. Rodgers has served as the Head of Library Information Systems and Director of Library Systems at the Baylor Libraries for over 37 years.

“Yanos brings expertise developed over 17 years of experience serving the Baylor Libraries,“ said Jeffry Archer, Dean of Libraries, Museums, and the Press. “We are confident that she will continue to maintain and build the infrastructure developed by Denyse Rodgers and others who carefully transitioned the Libraries from an analog to a digital enterprise.”