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UW-Eau Claire Director of Libraries
Announces Retirement

RELEASED: Oct. 13, 2006

Robert Rose
Robert Rose

EAU CLAIRE — Robert Rose, professor and director of libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has announced he will retire at the end of this month. Christopher Cox, assistant director of libraries, has been named interim director.

Rose joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in August 1998 after serving in a variety of librarian positions at other universities, including the University of Northern Iowa, Pennsylvania State University at Erie, Behrend College, San Diego State University, Arizona State University and California State University, Fullerton.

Rose was active in the American Library Association and its Reference and User Services Association and Association of College & Research Libraries divisions. He chaired or co-chaired numerous ACRL and Iowa ACRL chapter committees and task forces and served on the ACRL board of directors. After joining UW-Eau Claire, he also was very active in the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries, which he chaired in 2002-03, and as a board member of Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

He was named an "Outstanding Young Man of America" in 1981, and received a Meritorious and Professional Promise Award from San Diego State University in 1985.

Rose's areas of research have included reference and business librarianship, distance education, and collection development and management. He presented papers and published articles on library services to distance education students, core collections of business periodicals, collection development of electronic resources, and reference and career services cooperation, among others. He co-edited Business Serials of the U.S. Government, published by ALA in 1988.

At UW-Eau Claire and other libraries, Rose participated in planning and implementation of several major library building and/or remodeling projects.

Rose said his retirement plans include moving to the Twin Cities and enjoying its many activities, traveling, and catching up on his reading.

A retirement reception is planned for 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the second floor breezeway of McIntyre Library. Remarks are planned for 3 p.m.

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