Three candidates for the West Virginia University dean of Libraries position will be visiting campus in the next few weeks.

Those candidates are Monica Brooks, assistant vice president for Information Technology: Online Learning and Libraries at Marshall University; Patrick Dawson, dean of Libraries at Northern Illinois University; and Mark Winston, assistant chancellor and director of the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University—Newark.

“We are excited to have these three talented individuals as finalists for our dean of Libraries,” said Robert Jones, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the search committee for the dean of Libraries. “All are uniquely qualified and have a wealth of library experience and knowledge.”

“I urge you to participate in the interview sessions and attend the open forum planned for each candidate.”

Candidates will be meeting with University and college administrators as well as library faculty and staff at public forums.

• Brooks will visit campus May 1-2 and an open forum will be held May 1 at 3:30-4:30 p.m.

• Winston will visit campus May 7-8 and an open forum will be held May 7 from 3:30-4-30 p.m.

• Dawson will visit campus May 9-10 and an open forum will be held May 9 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

All forums will be held in the Greenbrier Room of the Mountainlair with receptions to follow.

Monica Brooks

A West Virginia native originally from West Liberty, Brooks is currently the assistant vice president for Information Technology: Online Learning and Libraries at Marshall University.

She began her professional career at the Drain-Jordan Library at West Virginia State University as a circulation librarian in 1990 before moving on to Marshall University in 1995. At Marshall, she has held a variety of positions over the years such as reference librarian, head of administrative services, adjunct teaching faculty (CoE/CTC), associate dean of libraries and director of online learning before taking her current position.

She teaches online for the Higher Education Policy Commission and actively participates in community and professional associations, campus life, and faculty governance. Her research interests include personnel administration, library science, information literacy assessment, and distance and online education. Other research interests include Mexican-American theater, the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, and race, gender, and ethnicity issues unique to West Virginia and the Appalachian region.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from WVU in 1988 and a Master of Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 1990. She obtained an Educational Specialist degree in 2004 and completed a doctorate in Leadership Studies in 2007 from Marshall University.

Patrick Dawson

Patrick Jos� Dawson is currently dean of Libraries at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Ill. Prior to that position, Dawson worked for 23 years for the University of California, at the Riverside, Irvine and Santa Barbara campuses. During that tenure, Dawson worked as a cataloger, a bibliographer, a reference librarian and finally an administrator, with his last position there being associate university librarian for Public Services at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dawson received his Master of Library Science from the University of Arizona and is an alumnus of the Association of Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Program as well as the Association of Research Libraries Research Library Leadership Fellows Program.

Mark Winston

As assistant chancellor and director of the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University—Newark, Mark Winston has maintained broad responsibilities, including oversight of all aspects of operations of the research library for the campus and various aspects of academic affairs, in the areas of faculty development, diversity, institutional research, community engagement, and Chancellor’s Office special projects.

Prior to this position, he was a tenured faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Rutgers, teaching management, leadership, information policy and theory development. His managerial and administrative experience includes the positions of assistant university librarian at Valdosta State University in Georgia and coordinator of Library Instruction at the University of Arizona. Winston earned a Master of Library Science and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

He has conducted research and published in the areas of leadership, diversity and organizational success, ethical leadership, and information policy and information ethics, with three books and more than 35 chapters and refereed journal articles. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his research, including the 2nd Annual American Library Association National Award for Achievement in Library Diversity Research.

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