FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago Appoints
New Dean of University Libraries
Marianne P. Ryan, PhD, Begins Her Tenure at Loyola Today
CHICAGO, September 6, 2016 – Today, Loyola University Chicago welcomes Marianne P. Ryan, PhD, as dean of University Libraries. She joins Loyola with more than 25 years of experience in library services and higher education. In her role, Ryan will provide vision and direction for libraries located at Loyola’s three Chicagoland campuses and at the John Felice Rome Center.
“Dr. Ryan has a successful track record of leadership within academic library administration and an impressive scholarly background,” said Provost John P. Pelissero, PhD. “I am confident she will provide the clear direction and leadership that our library system needs to successfully complete the division’s strategic plan and continue to meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.”
Most recently, Ryan served as the associate university librarian for user services and strategies at Northwestern University. She began her academic career at Iowa State University where she worked as a researcher and English instructor lending her a diverse perspective of the facets involved in academia. She has held leadership positions at university libraries around the country, including at the University of Maryland as head of the Government Documents & Maps Department and at Purdue University as the associate dean for learning. There she oversaw all 12 campus libraries and the university archives and special collections. She also has taught graduate courses at four universities.
Ryan has been a member of the American Library Association since 1989, where she has held leadership roles in groups, such as the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Government Documents Roundtable, and the Library Leadership and Management Association. She is the editor of the quarterly journal portal: Libraries and the Academy, edits the management column for Reference and User Services Quarterly, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Theological Information. Ryan has authored or co-authored more than 30 publications on topics ranging from information services and primary-source research to leadership and management.
“It is an exciting prospect to lead Loyola’s extensive library system, which serves as a crucial hub of both information and scholarship,” Ryan said. “I look forward to working with the Libraries’s staff and other members of the campus community to build on past success and further re-imagine our services, resources, and physical and virtual spaces to support the academic enterprise.”
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Duquesne University and a Master of Arts in English Composition and Bibliography from Iowa State University. In addition, she earned both a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science and a PhD in Higher Education Policy and Administration from the University of Iowa. She was a member of the 2010 cohort of the UCLA Senior Fellows and completed the Association of Research Libraries’ Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Program in 2012.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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