April 22, 2015
For the first time in 18 years, a new leader of the University of Houston Libraries has been appointed. Lisa B. German, currently of Pennsylvania State University Libraries, was selected to serve as dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair. Her appointment will begin on August 1, 2015.
“Lisa German is a highly regarded research library administrator, and has exceptional experience and leadership skills,” said senior vice president and provost Paula Myrick Short. “She brings to the University a strategic vision that will move the Libraries’ role in teaching and research forward. I’m thrilled that she will join us.”
At Penn State Libraries, German served as associate dean for collections, information, and access services, where she was responsible for planning, organization, policy development, implementation, assessment, and direction. She has also published extensively in these areas.
German has participated in the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at Harvard University, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Library Leadership Fellows Program. She is the recipient of several awards from the University of Illinois, Penn State University, and the American Library Association – Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.
“I am truly honored to be selected as the next dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair at the University of Houston, one of the most outstanding and diverse universities in America,” German said. “Building upon a solid foundation, and with excellent librarians and staff, we will make valuable contributions in pursuit of the University’s strategic directions.”
German succeeds Dana Rooks, who, in May 2014, announced plans to step down from the post she held since 1997.
German earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master's degree in library science, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
A national search was conducted for the Libraries dean vacancy. Provost Short commended the search committee, chaired by Dr. Latha Ramchand, dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business, for their valuable service in the search process.
About the University of Houston
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About the University of Houston Libraries
The University of Houston Libraries is an academic library system serving UH students, faculty, staff and the public, and providing access to over 4 million volumes. The UH Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. For more information about the UH Libraries, visit info.lib.uh.edu.