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Having devoted 37 years to serving Central Missouri, Professor Emeritus of Library Services George Millen has witnessed a lot of changes in the university’s library and the way information is accessed since he first arrived on campus. In the future, people will have an opportunity to read about those changes and more through one of the last major projects Millen took on before he retired in December 2007. He researched and wrote a history of the library, which will soon be posted on the facilities website.
Millen is a UCM alumnus having earned a master’s degree in history from the university in 1987. Prior to that, he studied at the University of Washington where he earned a master’s degree in librarianship in 1966, and at the University of Puget Sound, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in history and political science in 1965.
His career in working with libraries dates back to 1966 when he served for one year as a catalog librarian at Buena Vista College. He moved on to South Dakota State University as a reference librarian, 1967-1969. He also spent time between 1969-1970 as a reclassification librarian at Marietta College and as a catalog librarian at Midwestern College.
When he came to UCM in 1970, Millen served initially as a reclassification librarian and instructor. Later on, he divided time between teaching and other library duties that came from serving as assistant cataloger, head cataloger and acquisitions librarian. He also climbed the faculty ranks during this time becoming an assistant professor in 1990, and an associate professor in 2006. From 2006-2007, he served as associate professor and assistant dean of Library Services.