Jack P. Carroll ’24
In an email to members of the Trinity College community on Wednesday, May 26, College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney has announced the appointment of Kristen Eshleman as Trinity’s Vice President for Library and Information Technology Services. Eshleman, who will take up her new role on July 12, was previously director of innovation initiatives at Davidson College in North Carolina, where she held various positions for 20 years. In his new role at Trinity, Berger-Sweeney said that Eshleman “will take over the leadership of the amalgamated LITS organization and collaborate with other members of the firm and myself, as well as faculty, staff and students, to advance our strategic objectives ”.
Eshleman began her career at Davidson in 2001 as a Humanities Educational Technologist, after which she became Director of Institutional Technology in 2005 and Director of Digital Learning and Innovation in 2015. Prior to her tenure at Davidson , Eshleman worked in two start-ups and received a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in Sociocultural Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Eshleman has published articles for Inside higher education and EDUCAUSE Review; she also co-wrote the 2016 book Librarians and Instructional Designers: Collaboration and Innovation.
Highlighting his work at Davidson, Berger-Sweeney wrote that Eshleman, who chairs the College’s Innovation Council, led a project to “develop an inclusive, transparent and collaborative innovation management framework.” In addition, Eshleman was a member of the EDUCAUSE Annual Meeting Program Committee, the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Collaboration and Exploration of the Liberal Arts, and the Advisory Board of the Liberal Arts Consortium for Digital Innovation (LACOL ), where she helped launch the Undergraduate Network for Humanities Research. Additionally, Esheleman was a member of a team that received an $ 800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a digital curriculum model.
The research committee that selected Eshleman was chaired by the acting dean of the faculty and vice-president of academic affairs, Sonia Cardenas. David Andres, director of analysis and strategic initiatives, joined Cardenas on the committee; Carlos Espinosa, director of community relations and Trinfo.Café; Jordin Lewis ’22; Dan Lloyd, Brownell Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Libraries and Information Technology Committee (LITC); Christina Posniak, assistant vice president for academic advancement; and Ewa Syta, assistant professor of computer science and member of LITC.
the Tripod was previously in contact with Eshleman but has yet to receive an official statement for release.