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KNOXVILLE — Barbara Dewey, professor and dean of the University of Tennessee Libraries, has been named dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at The Pennsylvania State University.

The appointment is effective Aug. 1, 2010, pending approval of Penn State’s board of trustees.

UT Knoxville Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Martin says an interim dean will be named soon, with a search process to begin in the summer.

“Barbara has had a tremendous impact on our library system during her time here at UT,” Martin said. “She has made our library a model for the friendly and expert assistance to faculty and students. Her leadership in digitizing the university’s library offerings and expanding its technology has been outstanding. We will miss her, and we wish her all the best in her new position.”

Prior to coming to UT in 2000, Dewey held administrative positions at the University of Iowa, Indiana University and Northwestern University. She began her library science career at the Minnesota Valley Regional Library in Mankato, Minn.

She is the author or editor of six books. The most recent, “Achieving Diversity,” was published in 2006. She has published articles and presented papers on research library topics including digital libraries, diversity, technology, user education, fundraising, organizational development and human resources.

Dewey is on the board of directors of the Association for Research Libraries and the Digital Library Federation. She serves on advisory boards for the National Museum for Women in the Arts Library, Purdue University Diversity Fellows and Robert Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center. She is board member emeritus for the New Media Consortium and past president of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), a consortia of 43 research university libraries in the southeast.

C O N T A C T :

Charles Primm (865-974-5180, charles.primm@tennessee.edu)