Three candidates will visit campus for the University Libraries dean position between Oct. 25 – Nov. 7. The finalists, who were selected through a national search, will interview and give public presentations on city campus from 4-5 p.m.
The candidates, listed by presentation date, are:
Oct. 26 — Elizabeth (Liz) Lorang, interim dean and professor in the University Libraries, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, presents in the 102 Love Library South Auditorium | Zoom
Nov. 3 — Kimberley Bugg, associate library director, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library (Atlanta, Georgia), presents in the Nebraska Union Swanson Auditorium | Zoom
Nov. 7 — Bryn Geffert, dean of libraries and professor of history, University of Vermont (Burlington, Vermont), presents in the 102 Love Library South Auditorium | Zoom
Additional candidate information, including curricula vitae and candidate evaluation forms, is available on the University Libraries dean search website: go.unl.edu/librarydean.
Lorang joined the Libraries in 2013 as research assistant professor and digital projects librarian, and in 2016 was appointed associate professor and humanities librarian following a national search. Building on experiences as a digital projects librarian and humanities librarian, as well as on her passion for research and teaching, she has served as associate dean in the UNL Libraries since 2018. In this role, she and her team launched a designed, intentional, and high-impact research and learning division to meet the needs of today’s researchers and learners and to anticipate future information needs and challenges.
Lorang is an alum of the Association of Research Libraries’ Leadership Fellows program, as well as of the Leading Change Institute and Harvard University’s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. She is a member ARL’s Scholars and Scholarship Committee and serves on advisory boards for the national Data Curation Network and the National Indian Boarding School Digital Archive, and she has partnered with the Library of Congress in multiple roles, including as an advisor to the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud initiative.
Lorang holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Towson University, a Master of Arts in information science and learning technology from the University of Missouri, and a doctorate in English from UNL.
A practitioner-scholar, her prior roles include librarian leadership positions at the Library of Congress, City College of New York, and Villanova University.
Bugg’s career in library science has built her expertise in strategic visioning, managerial leadership, and business operations. Her scholarship focuses on leadership, organizational culture, and diversity, and she has published several articles on the topic, including the recent “Leveraging talent: Strategies to improve library recruitment, retention, and diversity” in American Libraries.
Professionally, she holds leadership positions at the local, regional, and national levels of library associations including serving as an American Library Association Councilor and Chair of the ALA Committee on Research Statistics.
Bugg holds a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications from Georgia State University, a Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University, and a doctorate in library and information science from Simmons College. She also has a deep appreciation for art history and classical music and holds a master’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in art and music history from Clayton State University.
Under his leadership at Amherst, the library won the Association of College and Research Library’s “Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.” His achievements included the establishment of Amherst College Press and Lever Press, the latter in partnership with University of Michigan and supported by 56 institutions. He also coordinated the work of Amherst’s libraries with those of the Five Colleges Consortium. These ventures reflect his commitment to equitable and universal access to scholarship and the creation of new, open access models dedicated to rigorous peer review and editing within a diamond open access model.
Geffert received his Bachelor of Arts in history and in Russian from St. Olaf College, with breaks for study in Scotland and the Soviet Union. He earned a Master of Science in library and information science from the University of Illinois. His Master of Arts in Russian history and doctorate in modern European history are from the University of Minnesota.
Nebraska’s 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 is the chief administrative and academic officer of the University Libraries and responsible for leading the Libraries’ current and future efforts to cultivate scholars, students, and members of the public who are astute, critical users and creators of information in all its forms. The dean of Libraries collaborates with faculty, students, staff and external constituents on campus and in the state of Nebraska, across the nation, and around the world.