Dr. Michael B. Binder
Professor/ Dean, Emeritus (7-27-12)
Office: Library Public Services
Dr. Michael B. Binder came to Western in 1985 following academic library directorships in Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Jersey. Before his retirement in September 2012, he had built on the successes of his predecessors and taken advantage of opportunities to showcase the libraries and the museum, expanding public services significantly and promoting the emergence of strong programs for public relations, fund raising, library instruction, collection development and electronic information as well as museum education and exhibits. The former Chair of the Special Interest Group on Management of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS), and the State-Assisted Academic Library Council of Kentucky (SAALCK), and the author of Videotex and Teletext: New Online Resources for Libraries (JAI Press, 1985), he had successfully encouraged library faculty to pursue research and publication and take leadership roles in professional associations.
Active in library consortia for many years, Dr. Binder was a key player in the establishment in 1999 of the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL). He also led in the creation of the Glasgow Regional Center Library, the Extended Campus Library Services program, OCLC services, integrated online systems (NOTIS and Endeavor), an extensive University Libraries & Kentucky Museum Web site, Topper InfoPortal (TIP), and other electronic services.
Dr. Binder also served as library automation consultant for the Instituto Colombiano del Petroleo and Kentucky State University, and worked with a WKU librarian to establish the college library for the University College of Belize.