Nebraska begins search for next libraries dean

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Nebraska begins search for next libraries dean

The search for dean of University Libraries is underway this week with a campus visit by Koya Leadership Partners. Beth Schaefer, vice president of the executive search firm, will be working closely with the university’s 12-member search committee chaired by Lance C. Pérez, Omar Heins dean of engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering.

The new dean will replace Nancy Busch, who is retiring after leading the University Libraries since July 2013.

Nancy Busch

The University Libraries is a national leader in creativity and knowledge development. It creates and promotes resources and tools for transformative teaching, learning and research, and it develops spaces and technology that inspire life-long learning. The dean of libraries will continue the transformation of the libraries’ physical and virtual spaces, lead major content initiatives, and position the libraries’ faculty and staff at the center of teaching and research for Nebraska.

The dean of libraries collaborates with faculty, students, staff and external constituents on campus and in Nebraska, across the nation and around the world. Members of the libraries and key partners across campus will represent its mission, vision, interests and priorities for this important search.

Committee members include John Carroll, director and professor of natural resources; Kirill Belashchenko, professor of physics and astronomy; Mary Bolin, professor of university libraries, Pete Pinnell, professor of art, art history and design; Sandy Placzek, professor of law; Elizabeth Lorang, interim associate dean and associate professor of university libraries; Charlene Maxey-Harris, interim associate dean and associate professor of university libraries, Regina Flowers, manager of Adele Hall Learning Commons, Scott Ideen, operations supervisor in the geography library; Dave Richards, dean of libraries, University of Nebraska at Omaha; and Anastacie Bubb, student, classics and religious studies.

In lieu of a universitywide open forum, faculty and staff are encouraged to ask questions and submit nominations directly to Koya Leadership Partners at Nominations should include the nominee’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information.

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