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Library Dean Candidates: Open Forum

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Three candidates have been selected for on-campus interviews for the for Library Dean position. We have scheduled time for Open Forums for any staff, faculty and students who want to meet the candidates.

You are invited to meet the Library Dean Candidates in the Corbett Conference Room (CCR) in Siemens Hall:

Monday, May 5        9:45 - 11:00     James Smith

Friday, May 9           9:45 - 11:00     Wil Weston

Monday, May 12      9:45 - 11:00     Cyril Oberlander

Please direct any comments regarding the candidates to the SurveyMonkey link listed below their bios. Direct any questions to me.


James Smith:

Dr. James P. Smith is currently the Director of Library Services at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, New York.  A highlight of his career while at St. Francis was the planning and construction of a new library building for the college. One of his current projects is the repurposing of little used library space. Dr. Smith began his academic librarian career at Adelphi University as the Director of Nonprint Media Services. While there, he worked his way up to Associate Dean for Technical and Automated Services. Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. from Long Island University. His dissertation topic involved Human Computer Interaction and academic library web portal design.

To leave any comments following James’ interview, please complete the following survey no later than May 16, 2014:


Wil Weston:

Wil Weston is currently the Head of Collections at San Diego State University.  He earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration, Leadership and Counseling from the University of New Orleans and his MLIS from Louisiana State University.  His recent publications include The Transitioning Library Collection in The Generation X Librarian (McFarland, 2011) and Understanding the Integrative Role of an Academic Library for Undergraduate Library Student Workers in the Proceedings of the 14th ACRL National Conference, March 12-15, 2009.  Additionally, on May 26, 2014, he will be presenting a research paper on Exploring the Online Information-seeking Strategies of Education Graduate Students at the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) portion of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brock University, Ontario. His research interests include the role of the library in undergraduate student persistence, document supply, online research behavior, and collection development in the popular arts.

To leave any comments following Wil’s interview, please complete the following survey no later than May 16, 2014:


Cyril Oberlander:

He has served as the Director of Milne Library at the State University of New York at Geneseo since 2011, and is the Principal Investigator of the Open SUNY Textbook Project, a multi-institutional, $120,000 grant and library funded open textbook publishing initiative.  Previously, he served as the Associate Director of Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo and as an internal consultant to the IDS Project, a 75 library cooperative in New York, since 2008. Prior experience includes: Director of Interlibrary Services at the University of Virginia Library from 2005-2008; the Head of Interlibrary Loan at Portland State University from 1996-2005,  as well as various roles in Access Services at Portland State University since 1987.  Cyril Oberlander has more than 25 years of academic library experience and over 10 years of experience as an independent library consultant.  As a consultant he has worked with a variety of public, academic, and special libraries, providing workflow and space use analysis, as well as effective technology and innovation integration.  His extensive scholarly record includes more than 26 published articles and over 100 presentations at the state, national, and international level.  Cyril Oberlander is an experienced and innovative leader in libraries, committed to and passionate about creating a vibrant and positive role for libraries and higher education in the 21st century.

To leave any comments following Cyril’s interview, please complete the following survey no later than May 16, 2014:

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