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NIU community invited to meet
additional library dean finalists

March 3, 2008

Public forums are scheduled to introduce members of the campus community to two more finalists for the post of dean of Northern Illinois University Libraries.

A forum will be held from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Altgeld Hall Room 315 for finalist Edward Owusu-Ansah of the Kingsborough Community College of The City University of New York (CUNY).

A second forum will be held from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Thursday, March 6, in Campus Life Building Room 100 for Carole Kiehl of the University of California-Irvine.

Owusu-Ansah serves as the chief librarian and chairperson of the Robert J. Kibbee Library at Kingsborough Community College. He serves as the library’s advocate and spokesperson and manages library services, collections, resources and personnel.

Owusu-Ansah also serves as an associate professor at the college and as an adjunct associate professor in the graduate school of library and information studies at Queens College. He previously served as reference librarian, coordinator of information literacy and coordinator of library instruction at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, New York.

He holds a master of library science degree from Queens College and a Ph.D. in sociology from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.

Kiehl serves as associate university librarian for the Information Technology and Technical Services Division at the University of California-Irvine. Her responsibilities include overall planning, budgeting, resource allocation and administration within the division, which includes 11 librarians and 55 staff members.

Kiehl has served previously as the libraries’ acting head of acquisitions and acting director of information technology. She also worked formerly as head of the Department of Bibliographic Services at Old Dominion University Library in Virginia.

She holds a Ph.D. in French from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and the equivalent of a master of library science degree from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in London.

Two other finalists for the library dean – Myrna McCallister of Indiana State University and Patrick Dawson of the University of California, Santa Barbara – visited campus earlier this month. All of the candidates’ vitas are posted online.

The new dean will serve as the chief administrative officer of University Libraries, which includes Founders Memorial Library, three specialized libraries on campus and libraries at NIU outreach centers in Naperville, Rockford and Hoffman Estates.

University Libraries houses 2.2 million volumes, with access to more than 22,000 periodical titles, and has an annual operation budget of about $9 million. The dean will oversee a professional staff of 30 and a support staff of 76.