Valeda Dent Appointed Dean of University Libraries at Long Island University
Riverhead, N.Y. - Valeda Frances Dent, an experienced administrator and expert in information literacy and the role of technology in learning, has been named dean of university libraries at Long Island University. Dean Dent was previously associate university librarian for research and instructional services at Rutgers University. Prior to that role, she served as head of the reference division at the Hunter College Library and as project director for the Joint Information Systems Committee MALIBU digital library project in London, United Kingdom.
Her appointment, which was announced by Dr. Jeffrey Kane, vice president for academic affairs of Long Island University, was effective October 18, 2010. Dean Dent replaces Dr. Donald Ungarelli, who retired after almost 50 years of service to Long Island University’s library system.
A second-generation librarian, Dean Dent is the author of two books and numerous articles and papers. She has presented research in national and international venues on the role of the rural African village library and has also written about agent technology and its application within libraries, the user experience, and the evaluation of library instruction.
Dean Dent’s first book, “Keeping the User in Mind: Instructional Design and the Modern Library,” was published in May of 2009, and her second book, “Qualitative Research and the Modern Library,” will be published this year. She is currently working on a third book, "One Book at a Time: The Rural Community Library in Africa,” on the impact of rural village libraries in Africa. She has taught at the University of Michigan and Hunter College at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has procured numerous grants to support library instruction development and evaluation. In addition, Dean Dent is a member of several professional organizations and she serves as editorial board member and reviewer for two journals, “International Sociology” and “College & Undergraduate Libraries.”
As dean of university libraries, Dean Dent will oversee a nationally renowned research library that serves 27,000 students and more than 600 full-time faculty members across six campuses and five international sites, including members of the surrounding communities. The University's libraries share over 90,000 online journals, 200 online databases, 50,000 electronic books and 2.6 million print books.
As the University increasingly incorporates new technology for use by students, faculty and staff, such as the virtual desktop, iPads and cloud computing, the library must support and integrate these changes, a metamorphosis Dean Dent embraces. "Users are pushing the development of technology and its functionality; they are pushing the integration of the tools and resources that they use in their everyday lives,” Dean Dent says. “The focus of my work as dean must therefore turn to enhancing the overall user experience – through thoughtful design of spaces, seamless access to materials, further development of on-demand research and support services, including instruction, and integrative use of new technologies."
Dean Dent holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Information and Library Science and a Master of Social Work, both from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing the Ph.D. in information studies from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science of Long Island University.
Posted: January 24, 2011