Richards, Timothy F., III | University of Michigan-Dearborn Archives
Timothy Fuller Richards, III, was born and educated in New Hampshire, and is a Vietnam veteran. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Library Science, and also has a MA from UM. He is married to librarian Constance Maguire, and the father of two daughters. Richards spent most of his working life at the University of Michigan, but accepted a post as director of libraries at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1985, where he directed not only the main library but also the science library. He returned to Michigan in 1989 to take over the direction of the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a branch campus of the University of Michigan, where he replaced Shirley Smith.
During his tenure at UM-D, the electronic revolution overcame libraries, with resulting online catalogues, first GEAC then Innovative Interfaces Inc.; as well as online databases, online journals, and distance education.
Richards served the campus, the university, and the profession in a variety of ways. He was active in the Michigan Library Association, as well as the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. He founded COLD, a consortium of directors of Michigan academic library, which continues to work on issues of collections and interlibrary loan. He was a liaison with the libraries on the Ann Arbor campus, as well as with the Flint campus. He was selected as University Librarian of the Year in 2009. His final project for the campus was an inventory of civic engagement projects to accompany the application for status by Carnegie Mellon as a “civic engagement” university.
Richards retired in June 2011 and resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was replaced by Elaine M. Logan.