Retired UTM library director, Rogers, dies

Retired UTM library director, Rogers, dies
Steve Rogers, of Martin, retired University of Tennessee at Martin Paul Meek Library director of library services, died May 21. He was 55. “The Paul Meek Library and the UT Martin campus community have lost a true friend with the sudden passing of Steve Rogers,” said Mary Carpenter, director of library services. “Steve dedicated his career toward the advancement of the Meek Library and was genuinely interested in each member of the UT Martin family. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his wife, Linda, and entire family.” Rogers joined UT Martin in 1976 as audiovisual librarian after earning bachelor of arts in history and master’s of science in library science degrees at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He was named director of library services in 2001, after serving as interim director since 1999. He also was a professor of library science and media services librarian. While he was director, several library services were initiated including a fivefold expansion of electronic databases, the physical and operational transfers of the University Museum to the library, the initiation of a wireless laptop checkout program for students, the purchase of an online reserve system and the acquisition of more than 33,000 volumes. He retired in June 2007 after 32 years. During his career, he was a member of the Tennessee Library Associa-tion, West Tennessee Library Association, the American Association of University Professors and Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. He received the Outstanding Employee Award in 1987. He also had served as a C.E. Weldon Library trustee. His scholarly interests included library instruction. He was an avid photographer and enjoyed playing tennis and racquetball. In 2007 as the state titleholder, Rogers won a bronze medal in the National Senior Games Racquetball Tournament in Louisville. He is survived by his wife, Linda Kay Butler of Martin; children, Jon Rogers of Rutherford; and Lauren Rogers of Knoxville; and his father, Ralph N. Rogers of Martin. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ruth Duncan Rogers. A memorial service will be announced at a later date by Murphy Funeral Home.

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