Arizona State University Library Dean, James O’Donnell has announced that “joining us later this summer from Purdue University will be Tomalee Doan, arriving in the role of Associate University Librarian for Public Services. She will initially be responsible for public and access services in all library locations, for student success and instruction, and for coordinating the Hayden Library renovation project. Bear in mind that we anticipate significant reorganization of the management of our subject librarians, as well, and she will undoubtedly take a substantial role in supervising some of them as we work through the reorganization. Tomalee headed the business school library at Michigan for several years, and then went to Purdue in a similar role in 2006. Her successful efforts in energizing a dated and flagging facility and service were quickly recognized and she was given additional and progressively broader responsibilities over the past decade. Tomalee is currently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, responsible for overseeing all 12 of Purdue’s campus libraries.
Lorrie McAllister will arrive in late May from MIT, in the position of Senior Administrative Librarian with the title of Assistant University Librarian. Her responsibilities will include supervision of the library’s data gathering and assessment exercises; strategic initiatives at my direction, to include print collection strategy and digital special collections; and our operational relationship with EdPlus, ASU’s online learning organization. Lorrie has been a digital collections strategist at MIT since 2012. Prior to that, she was digital resources curator at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University for almost 11 years. She has expertise in a variety of subject areas and types of collections, and has extensive experience with digital media and educational web applications.
Finally, our colleague Dennis Brunning has agreed to serve as Interim Associate University Librarian for Academic Programs starting on June 1. This position has responsibility for Collections and Scholarly Communication, Archives and Special Collections, and Academic Program Services, subject to the same caveat of impending reorganization of which I spoke above. Dennis has been at ASU since 1984 and has extensive experience in subject librarianship, collection development, library technology and scholarly communication. He has been Editor-at-Large and a columnist for Against the Grain since 2008, and has been a contributing editor for the Charleston Advisor since 1996. A search for a permanent AUL for Academic Programs will begin at the end of the summer…”