Beth Clausen has been named to the position of dean of Library and Information Services. She will start in her role on Aug. 1. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Amy Gort made the announcement on May 3.
Clausen earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science, and BA in Journalism & Mass Communication; Political Science at the University of Iowa. She is currently the department head of Access Services at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
Clausen has 25 years of library experience with 18 years of administrative experience as department head of Northwestern University Library. She also served as the library director at Northwestern University at Qater, Doha, Qatar. She is a member of the editorial board for portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2015-present; editor of Global Perspectives column and referee for articles in areas of experience and expertise. Clausen is experienced with innovative library and information services programs, approaches and modes of delivery. She has worked collaboratively in a team environment with students, staff and faculty. She has written several noteworthy publications and has presented at many conferences.
The search committee included School of Urban Education Dean Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, who also served as search chair, Dylan Harris, Christine Larson, Greg Mellas, Brenda Merrill, Alec Sonsteby and Amber Williams.