Following a national search, Provost Ron Henry has named Nancy H. Seamans as Dean of Libraries effective August 4, 2008.
Dr. Seamans is currently an Associate University Librarian and Director of Research and Instructional Services at the University of Iowa. She holds a Doctorate in Instructional Technology from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Seamans is a practical and visionary leader who will be instrumental in creating and implementing further growth and prominence in the University Library.
The search committee was meticulous and deliberate in their process to select a Dean who has an excellent understanding of the increasingly global and interdisciplinary academic environment. The University Library has made important advances under Charlene Hurt’s leadership as Dean, and it is felt that Nan Seamans will be a Dean of vision to take the Library into the future.
Dr. Seamans has served in her present capacity at the University of Iowa since 2005. She was previously Interim Director of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa and prior to that, Director of the Instruction and Reference Department of University Libraries at Virginia Tech. She has been active in both the Iowa and Virginia Library Associations and is a long-time member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
Dean Hurt, who announced her plans to retire last fall, is pleased with the selection committee’s decision, stating, I’m very happy for the library and hope it continues to grow to serve the needs of the university faculty, students and staff.”
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