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Interim Library Dean: Greg Youngen

Posted by isulib on August 21, 2013

Provost Biff Williams has named an Indiana State University alumnus as the interim dean of the Cunningham Memorial Library.

Gregory Youngen will serve for the 2013-14 academic year as interim dean while the university conducts a nationwide search to fill the position. Alberta Comer left the position to become dean and director of the Willard Marriott Library and university librarian at the University of Utah.

Williams said Youngen has the experience to lead the library during this time of transition.

“We are excited and pleased that Greg has accepted the role of interim dean of the Cunningham Memorial Library,” Williams said. “He was a unanimous decision by the library faculty and staff, which speaks volumes about the respect he has earned from his colleagues. ”

Youngen said he looks forward to serving as the interim dean.  “The former dean left the library in excellent shape and we’re ready for the fall semester,” he said. “The library has some exciting events planned and will be introducing new services this year.”

Among the first events will be the Women’s Equality Day Reception on Aug. 26 and the 11th annual Extravaganza on Sept. 12. New services include the revamped Math and Writing Center on the second floor and the new Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence on the first floor.

“We anticipate both of these offices will be bringing in new users for the library’s services and collections,” he said.

Youngen graduated from Indiana State with his bachelor’s in journalism in 1982 and from Indiana University with his master’s in library science in 1983. Before returning to Indiana State in 2012 as the associate dean of library services, Youngen spent 16 years at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana working his way to associate professor of library administration. He also has experience at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Chicago and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Associate Dean’s Article in College & Research Libraries forthcoming

Posted by isulib on July 16, 2013

Associate Dean, Greg Youngen’s article preprint is on the College & Research Libraries website at

The 4 co-authors, Jessica R. Page, Heather K. Moberly, Gregory K. Youngen and Barbara J. Hamel, have written Exploring the Veterinary Literature: A Bibliometric Methodology for Identifying Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Publications.

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