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Library Director Robert Rose
To Begin Aug. 1
MAILED: June 26, 1998|
Robert Rose from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, has been selected director of libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, effective Aug. 1. He replaces Cleo Powers, who has served as acting director since 1996 when former director Steve Marquardt took a position at South Dakota State University, Brookings.
Rose has 21 years of library experience beginning as a reference librarian at California State University, Fullerton, in 1977. He spent two years at Arizona State University, four years at San Diego State University and four years at Pennsylvania State University at Erie. Eight years ago he joined the library administrative staff at UNI, where he is currently associate director of library services.
At UNI Rose had administrative responsibility for acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, college management and special services, and reference and instructional services. He helped plan and implement new services and systems related to emerging technologies. He was in charge of a variety of successful service initiatives, ranging from new online services, to the expansion of library instructional services, to the development of library services for distance education to leading an effort to reorganize reference services in light of changing needs and new technologies.
"The breadth and depth of Bob Rose's career makes him an excellent candidate to direct a library like ours, that is in the midst of change," said David Hart, assistant chancellor.
Rose will supervise McIntyre Library's experienced and knowledgeable library staff and administer a $2.2 million budget. He will plan and develop library services and information resources that strengthen the university's academic programs and priorities. He will be involved in cooperative planning at the UW System and state levels and will guide the implementation of the library's migration to its third online system.
Rose said he was attracted to the position because both the university and the library place an emphasis on providing high quality service, which, he said, "is a personal priority."
"This is a particularly exciting time in higher education generally and for academic libraries specifically, a time of considerable challenge, opportunity, and even threats," Rose wrote in his application letter. "I believe I have the requisite experience, skills, energy, and flexibility to meet the challenges we face and to lead a library during this transformational period."
Rose earned a master of library science degree from the University of Arizona in 1977, a master of international management degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in 1973, and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside, in 1969.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 29, 1998