Claudia J. Morner, 72, Emerita Dean of the University of New Hampshire Library, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
During her 17-year tenure as dean of the UNH Library, Claudia directed impressive technological and building enhancements, including a $19 million renovation project for Dimond Library - which earned the library a number of excellence awards, including the Library Building Award from the American Institute of Architects.
Claudia was joyous and ever hopeful, qualities that helped her bring out the best in others. She was also a person who liked to talk things over.
In her professional life, this meant that she worked tirelessly for consensus—in planning a library renovation to fit everyone’s needs, in spearheading the UNH effort to become a member of the elite Boston Library Consortium, and later, in presiding over the Consortium’s efforts to help individual libraries recognize and share their individual strengths.
Claudia was also a visionary, often in the sense that she readily recognized and supported the vision of others. This made it possible for her to lead the UNH library into the digital age. Also, In her teaching at Simmons College, she quite early embraced, improved, and promoted new strategies in on-line instruction. Her course offerings included library architecture and international librarianship.
After she retired from UNH in 2012, Claudia continued teaching and co-authored the ninth edition of Library and Information Center Management with Barbara Moran. She remained an active member of the American Library Association, continued to serve on committees of the New Hampshire State Library, and consulted, and advised libraries around the world from Mongolia to Korea.
Claudia is survived by her husband Leonard S. Jones and her two sisters Kathleen Morner and Madelon Brown, both of Albuquerque, NM., and her little Havanese dog Dory.