Congratulations Librarians!

May 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Congratulations to Deborah A. Nolan who was recently named Dean of University Libraries and to librarians Rick Davis, Shana Gass, and Claire Holmes who received permanent status!

Deborah A. Nolan: (M.L.S. University of Pittsburgh)

Dean of University Libraries

The President’s Office and Office of the Provost are pleased to announce that Ms. Deborah Nolan has been named Dean of University Libraries. The appointment was effective March 25, 2011. Formerly the University Librarian, Ms. Nolan’s new title recognizes her responsibility for and oversight of the many functions of an increasingly complex and vital academic unit of the University. Ms. Nolan earned the Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Wittenberg University in Ohio, majoring in English. She earned the Master’s of Library Science Degree from the University of Pittsburgh (Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society), and is currently completing the Doctorate of Education Degree in Instructional Technology at Towson University. Ms. Nolan came to Towson University as University Librarian in 2006, after serving as Associate Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, NC. She is currently the Chair of the Council of Library Directors of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium.

Rick Davis: (M.L.I.S. San Jose State University)

Cataloging Librarian II

Rick Davis received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master’s in Library and Information Science from San José State University. He came to Towson University in February 2004 as a cataloging librarian, was promoted to Librarian II in 2008, and achieved permanent status in 2011. Rick serves as the library liaison to the English Department, working with faculty to develop the library’s collection in the discipline and delivering bibliographic instruction for upper-division and graduate-level English courses. In addition to his cataloging and liaison responsibilities, Rick serves as Towson University’s designated Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) agent for notifications of claimed infringement of copyright.  Rick advises TU faculty, staff and students in applying copyright law and fair use guidelines and delivers formal presentations on copyright issues. He is among the American Library Association’s Advisory Network of Copyright Scholars. Rick serves on University Senate and is active in the work of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Library Consortium.  Rick is currently taking courses at the University of Baltimore for a M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies.  

Shana Gass: (M.S.L.S., Simmons College; M.S., Towson University)

Research & Instruction Librarian II

Ms. Shana Gass earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Harvard University, a Master’s of Science in Library Science from Simmons College (Boston, MA), and a Master’s of Science in Social Science at Towson University.  She joined the Albert S. Cook Library in 2004. She was promoted to Librarian II in 2008 and achieved permanent status in 2011. Shana is librarian liaison to the College of Business and Economics and provides information literacy sessions carefully crafted for all disciplines within CBE.  She is highly regarded by students for her expertise in business research.  Shana has made significant upgrades to the library’s print and electronic collections in support of the CBE disciplines.  Shana provided important support to CBE in its efforts to become AACSB accredited, and navigated the TU/UB MBA parameters to ensure that students have immediate access to library resources and services.  Her scholarship includes the investigation of pedagogical inquiry regarding instruction style and use of tutorials for online reference.  Shana is immediate past secretary of the University Curriculum Committee.  Shana currently serves on Towson University’s Resource Planning and Advisory Committee (RPAC) and the Cook Library assessment committee.

Claire Homes: (M.L.S, State University of New York at Albany)

Research & Instruction Librarian II

Ms. Claire Holmes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bucknell University and her Master’s of Science in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany.  Claire joined Towson University in 2000 as the Evening Librarian. She was promoted to Librarian II in 2008 and achieved permanent status in 2011.  Claire is librarian liaison to the College of Education, dedicated to providing exemplary classroom instruction tailored to disciplines within COE.  She is sought out by students and faculty with research queries in the areas of special education, educational technology, and secondary education.  She serves as a guest lecturer, conference presenter, and panelist for the College of Education.  Claire co-authored a recently published article in College and Research Libraries News featuring the reference librarian outreach endeavors at Towson.  She successfully co-presented with COE faculty at the annual TASH conference on the topic of campus collaboration for in-service teacher programs. Claire played a crucial role as a member of the Middles States Self-Study Steering Committee.  She is a member of several library and university committees, is active in the work of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Library Consortium, and currently serves as a First Year Experience Advisor.  Claire’s civic engagement focuses on disabilities advocacy.

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