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Paul Metz Memo

Identifier: Ms-1982-020

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a memo by Paul Metz, the User Librarian at Newman Library in 1982, that documents his study on programs applied to subject collections.


  • 1982


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Paul Metz was the Director of Collection Management and Principal Bibliographer at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University library from 1969 until his retirement in 2012. Metz was especially influential in the transition from print to digital materials in collections management, revolutionizing the library's accessibility of records and space management. In addition to his work in the library, Metz served as president of the Faculty Senate from 1995-1996, reflecting his important contributions to the university history. He published and conducted many influential papers and conferences on academic librarianship and records management, especially with regards to the digital age.

Receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina and his master's and doctorate from the University of Michigan, Metz was involved with such professional organizations as the Association of Research Libraries, the American Library Association, and Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus from the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors in 2012, a prestigious title given to an exceptional retired professor, librarian, or staff member.

Source: "Paul Metz honored with emeritus status", Virginia Tech News, June 8, 2012


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


The collection consists of a study conducted by Paul Metz that documents the use of subject collections for Faculty, Graduate students, and Undergraduate students. It includes a detailed description of the process and organization of programs used to analyze the frequency of use of library materials.

Source of Acquisition

The Paul Metz Memo was transferred to Special Collections in January 1983.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Paul Metz Memo by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Paul Metz Memo was completed in November 2013.

Paul Metz Memo, 1982
Cort Rushton, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
2013 (CC0 1.0)
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US