Dear UH Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Dean Dana Rooks has informed me of her intention to step down as Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair effective with the appointment of her successor. With deepest regret, I have accepted her decision.
In Dana’s seventeen years as Dean, the University of Houston Libraries have become a critical and successful contributor to the University’s Tier One ambitions and aspirations. She has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in both the University and in the field of librarianship. As the Dean of Libraries, Dana has raised over $30 million, including $20 million for the M. D. Anderson renovation and expansion project completed in 2005. She has increased the University Libraries’ endowment by $7 million and overseen the establishment of three endowed chairs in the Libraries.
Dana has helped shape library services in the State of Texas. She is recognized as one of the founders of TexShare, an innovative model for statewide library resource sharing. She is also one of the founders of the Texas Digital Library and currently serves as chair of its governing board. Dana has served as president of both the Texas Library Association and the Texas Council of Academic Libraries. She has received numerous awards and accolades. She was named Texas Librarian of the Year in 1997 and received the Texas Library Association Distinguished Service Award in 2009. At the national level Dana has served on the board of directors of both the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Please join me in expressing our deep appreciation for the extraordinary contributions that Dana has made to the University of Houston. I am pleased that upon her stepping down, she has agreed to assist me on several new initiatives in a new role in the Provost Office.
I will soon be appointing a search committee to begin the process of recruiting Dean Rooks’ successor.
Paula Myrick Short