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2005.02.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Stephen Shorb Named Dean of University Library

Omaha - Stephen Shorb, currently University of Florida associate director of university libraries, has been named dean of University Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).  The appointment is subject to approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

"I'm very pleased Stephen Shorb will be joining the UNO family as the new dean of University Library," said John Christensen, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO.  "He brings a wealth of experience especially appropriate for our metropolitan mission and strategic direction.  He is an advocate of user-centered library design, and his experience with strategic planning, marketing, technology, and library expansion and renovations will be a tremendous asset to the UNO  library and entire university community."

Shorb will begin his duties at UNO May 23.

He currently serves as associate director of university libraries at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  Among his duties there, Shorb led the annual strategic planning process for the university's system of seven libraries.  He also helped plan and design new library facilities, including a technology-intensive media union for the College of Education; a high-density, off-campus storage facility; and a 140,000 square foot renovation and addition to the main library.  He also has led statistical and qualitative assessment efforts.

He received his B.B.A. in business administration/personnel, and his M.A. in library and information science from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.  He will receive his M.A. in political science (Public Affairs) from the University of Florida in 2005.

Christensen also recognized the efforts of Dorothy Willis, who has been serving as interim dean of the library since July 1.  "Special thanks goes to Dorothy Willis, who has done extraordinary work as interim dean," he said.

For more information, contact the UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs at (402) 554-2262.

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