Friends of Hackney Library Honor Departing Library Director with First Edition Donation to Rare Book Collection

During his last week on campus, departing library director George Loveland was honored at a reception for his 5+ years of service on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Hackney Library’s Learning Commons.  Loveland is leaving librarianship for the full time ministry at Winstead United Methodist Church here in Wilson, North Carolina, beginning July 1.

Bobby Boykin and K. D. Kennedy, Jr. present Atmore’s “The Methodist Memorial” to George Loveland, right. [Photo courtesy of Diana James]

In honor of Loveland’s service to the College during his tenure at Barton, the Friends of Hackney Library purchased an 1801 first edition of Charles Atmore’s The Methodist Memorial, a collection of short biographies of early Methodist itinerant ministers.  Atmore was an important figure in 18th and 19th century Methodism.

In addition to the first edition of Atmore’s book, the Friends board also donated a modern reprint of the work.  Both books, which were purchased by the board from K. D. Kennedy, Jr., will be added to the K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room collection.

At the reception, Kennedy gave a history of the work to some 30 faculty, staff, and Friends board members gathered, and along with Bobby Boykin, former past chair of the Friends board, presented the book to George for his perusal before it is cataloged for the Rare Book Room.  Dr. Gary Daynes, Barton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, recounted the professional accomplishments of Loveland during his time at Barton and thanked him for his service, indicating that he would be missed.

Daynes announced that a new library dean, Robert Cagna, will be coming on board July 24.

We wish George well in his new career and look forward to welcoming Robert Cagna when he arrives in July.

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