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Source: Donna Ekart, 785-532-7542,

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Several faculty members with Kansas State University's K-State Libraries have been appointed to leadership positions as part of an internal reorganization process.

Names to assistant dean positions at the libraries' are Mike Haddock and Marcia Stockham.

Haddock will serve as assistant dean of the Research, Education and Engagement Division. Formerly chair of the sciences department, he joined the K-State faculty in 1989 and was promoted to full professor in 2002. He has served as chair of the libraries' faculty, chair of the K-State Faculty Senate Committee on Technology, and is currently chair of the K-State Information Resource Management Council.

Haddock is the author of "Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas: A Field Guide," a book based on his highly successful website. The book received the Kansas Notable Book award in 2006. Haddock received the K-State Libraries' Brice G. Hobrock Distinguished Faculty award in 2005, a K-State Targeted Excellence grant in 2007 and a Professorial Performance award in 2009.

He earned his bachelor's degree from K-State and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University.

Stockham will serve as assistant dean of the libraries' Content Management and Scholarly Communications Division. Previously chair of the social sciences, humanities and business department, Stockham joined K-State in 2001 and was promoted to associate professor in 2006.

She has served as chair of the libraries' faculty and as a faculty senator. She also has been president of the Kansas Library Association College and University Libraries Section.

Stockham has numerous publications and presentations. She received a 2005 Interlibrary Loan Development grant and the libraries' Brice G. Hobrock Distinguished Faculty award in 2009. She also has a long record of service in professional organizations such as the Association of College and Research Libraries. Stockham has a bachelor's degree from K-State and a Master of Library Science from the University of Missouri.

Department heads that will report to Haddock include:

* David Allen, associate professor, who assumes leadership of the university archives and special collections. Allen has a bachelor's in mass communications and a Master of Library Science from Brigham Young University. Allen has previously headed K-State Libraries' departments of library network services, digital library and digital initiatives. He serves as a co-principal investigator on a 2007 Targeted Excellence grant to develop the Biodiversity Information System, a bio-informatics Web portal providing access to specimen data, images and published content from K-State biodiversity collections.

* Tara Baillargeon, associate professor, who will lead the faculty and graduate services department. For the last eight years she served as K-State Libraries' social sciences librarian. Baillargeon has collaborated with members of K-State's College of Education and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to develop the Negro Leagues Baseball eMuseum launched in January 2007. She has a bachelor's in communication studies from the University of Windsor, a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a Doctor of Education from K-State. She was named the outstanding graduate student by K-State's College of Education in 2008.

* Sara K. Kearns, associate professor, heads the undergraduate and community services department. Kearns has previously served as instruction coordinator, business and economics librarian and reference generalist. She earned her a bachelor's in English from K-State and a Master of Library Science from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in student affairs in higher education, focusing on the information and communication technology skills of undergraduate students.

Department heads reporting to Stockham include:

* Beth Turtle, associate professor, leads the scholarly communications and publications department. She joined the K-State Libraries' faculty in 1998 as a science librarian. Since then she has served as the liaison to state and regional consortia and been heavily involved with the migration of print resources to electronic. She has been a Big 12 Faculty Fellow and was awarded the 2007 Brice G. Hobrock Distinguished Faculty Award. She also has received a LSTA Technology Grant and interlibrary loan development program grant. Turtle has a bachelor's in secondary education from the University of Kansas and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University.

* Michelle Turvey-Welch, associate professor, serves as head of the metadata and preservation department. She earned a bachelor's in history and psychology from William Jewell College and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University. Turvey-Welch joined K-State in 2004 as an original cataloger. She previously was a cataloging librarian at Southwest Missouri State University. She currently chairs the American Library Association-Library Leadership and Management Association's Systems and Services Section and has served as a K-State faculty senator.

"I welcome these individuals to their new leadership roles. Their records of scholarship and service, both on campus and beyond, are impressive. I believe they will be great assets in advancing the creation, sharing and preservation of knowledge at Kansas State University and K-State Libraries," said Lori A. Goetsch, dean of libraries.

More information about the reorganization and a complete organizational chart is available at