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Dallas Long named dean of Milner Library

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Dallas Long

Illinois State University’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Jan Murphy announced Dallas Long has been named dean of the University’s Milner Library. Long has served as an associate dean at the library since 2014.

“Dr. Long is a librarian, administrator, and internationally-recognized scholar who will provide leadership at this transformational time,” said Murphy.

Provost Murphy expressed appreciation for Shari Zeck, who served as interim dean of the library during the search. “My thanks to Dr. Zeck for her outstanding service as interim dean and for all she has accomplished during her lengthy career at Illinois State,” said Murphy. “I wish her well as she begins a new chapter of her life as she pursues retirement.”

Long joined Illinois State’s faculty in 2008 as the head of access services at Milner Library. He later took on roles as the copyright officer and the subject librarian for the Department of Geology and Geography.

Tapped as the library’s interim associate dean for Information Assets in 2012, Long was named to the position in 2014. During his tenure, he facilitated revisions of the library’s college standards and faculty evaluation criteria, and participated in Milner’s master plan development. Long also initiated efforts in open access, digital publishing, open educational resources, and exploration of support for digital humanities and scholarship for the library.

Long received a bachelor’s degree from Webster University. He completed two master’s degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a doctoral degree at Illinois State University. In 2003 he served as a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary and more recently served as a Fulbright Specialist in Qatar. He is the winner of the University’s Paul Vogt Higher Education Dissertation of the Year Award.

Along with penning multiple articles and book chapters, Long is the author of the book Collaborating for Student Success: How Librarians and Student Affairs Work Together to Enrich Learning and Persistence (Rowman & Littlefield). He serves as an editorial board member for Journal of Access Services and the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Publications in Librarianship. He also serves on several committees of the American Alliance of Museums.

For additional information, contact the Office of the Provost at (309) 438-7018.

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