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Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
July 17, 2007
DeKalb, Ill. — Professor Byron Anderson has been named interim dean of Northern Illinois University Libraries, effective Aug. 1. He replaces Mary Munroe, who is retiring.
Anderson is a veteran of NIU, having spent his entire 22-year career with University Libraries, where he most recently served as acting associate dean for public services.
In that role, his responsibilities included oversight of security, branch libraries, reference services, document delivery services, microforms and media services, and government publications. Prior to holding the post, he supervised the library’s reference department for more than a decade.
Anderson, of DeKalb, holds master’s degrees in both history and library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a frequent presenter at professional meetings and has published numerous scholarly articles.
“I am very impressed with Byron Anderson’s administrative and scholarly record, and I look forward to working with him in the coming year,” NIU Provost Raymond Alden said. “He was the overwhelming choice in a survey conducted by the Library Council to identify potential nominees for this position.”
A member of the University Council and former member of the Faculty Senate, Anderson has an extensive record of library and university-wide service. He teaches in the library’s bibliographic instruction program and has over the years personally assisted nearly 900 students or faculty members with mediated online computer searches gathering bibliographic information on research topics.
“My charge as interim dean is to provide a strong service orientation and continue to develop the collection as much as possible,” Anderson said. “I also want to see through a number of important ongoing initiatives.”
The initiatives include the continued development of digitization projects, major enhancements to library security, improvements to the library’s Web site and development of a strong information-literacy component to the library instruction program.
Munroe, who plans on moving back to her native Atlanta, served as interim dean of University Libraries for more than a year, following the retirement of Dean Arthur Young. She previously served as associate dean for collections and technical services. A retirement party will be held in her honor at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 26, in the Rare Books Room of the library.
“The university is indebted to Mary Munroe for her service to NIU over the past nine years, including her leadership in the role of interim dean,” Alden said. “She has been a delight to work with and has served the libraries very well. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
A search earlier this year for a new permanent dean was unsuccessful. Alden said the university will begin a new search this fall. He has asked the Library Council to expedite the process of selecting library faculty and staff who will serve on the search committee.
University Libraries holds more than 2 million volumes, placing it among the top 3 percent of academic libraries nationwide.