Krisellen Maloney
Krisellen Maloney

UTSA's new library dean to advance technology

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Dec. 9, 2008)--UTSA Provost John Frederick announced today the appointment of Krisellen Maloney as dean of the UTSA Library. Selected from three finalists after an extensive nationwide search, Maloney will begin her UTSA duties Feb. 2, 2009. Reporting to the provost, she will oversee the UTSA Library at the 1604, Downtown and Institute of Texan Cultures campuses.

Maloney comes to UTSA from Georgetown University, where she served as associate university librarian for digital services and technology planning. Previously, she was director of information technology in the Library of Congress Law Library and team leader of digital library and information systems at University of Arizona Libraries. Additionally, she was head of systems and networking in the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library.

"I am very pleased that we have been able to attract a high-caliber new dean in the person of Dr. Krisellen Maloney," said Frederick. "Her experience with academic libraries at both Arizona and Georgetown, as well as her background in digital information resources, will be invaluable as we take the UTSA Library and its collections to the next level."

"I couldn't be more excited to take on this new challenge," said Maloney. "I am convinced that The University of Texas at San Antonio will achieve its goal of becoming a premier research university and, as with all great universities, the library will be at the intellectual center of academic life. This is a great opportunity to define and build the 21st century research library."

At the University of Arizona, Maloney earned a Ph.D. in information science, an M.A. degree in library science, and M.S. and bachelor's degrees in management information systems.

At Arizona, she taught courses on digital libraries, the organization of knowledge and management information systems, and was a radiology research scientist. She has published numerous articles and conducted many presentations on academic libraries, library technology, Web portals, user-centered systems, information commons and information architecture.

Maloney was an Association of Research Libraries 2007-2008 Research Library Leadership Fellow. She holds a patent for the Interactive Multimedia Report Viewer and received the University of Arizona Excellence in Teaching Award.

The dean will provide strategic direction and vision for the UTSA Library, working with librarians and staff to meet the university's educational mission and ambitious goals for growth. Long-range projects will include development of collections and access to electronic information resources, advancement of library technology, fostering relations with the campus community and other constituents including donors, promotion and assessment of the library's learning environment quality, and development of information literacy programs for students.