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K-State Today

January 22, 2016

Three new department heads at K-State Libraries

Submitted by Sarah McGreer Hoyt

Several new leadership positions at K-State Libraries take effect this spring semester due to one division's partial reorganization and a national search for a new head of special collections.

Adriana Gonzalez, formerly head of faculty and graduate services, now leads the newly formed academic services department. Gonzalez will steer a large cohort of academic services librarians in creating three teams broadly defined by discipline: humanities and fine arts; social sciences/education/business; and STEM.

K-State faculty, staff and students seeking research assistance will be able to contact an academic services librarian with specialized knowledge in their research field. Academic services primarily includes librarians who worked in the departments formerly known as faculty and graduate services and undergraduate and community services.

Gonzalez earned her master's in library science from the University of Texas, Austin and worked several years in the Texas A&M University libraries.

Jason Reed, formerly a faculty and graduate services librarian, takes on a new role as head of library user services, formerly access services. Library user services includes circulation, reserves, peer tutoring and Library Help. Reed also will supervise the staff at two branch libraries: Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning & Design and the Math/Physics Library.

Reed earned his master's in library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he gained intensive experience in health sciences librarianship at several institutions in the Research Triangle. Previously, he was the circulation supervisor at Ramsey Library at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

Keli Rylance, formerly head of the Southeastern Architectural Archive at Tulane University, joins K-State Libraries as head of the Richard L.D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections.

She will oversee the department's ongoing development of physical and digital collections, services and programs to the university and broader community. Rylance also will work with established and potential donors for acquisitions of unique materials and financial gifts to support the department's work. Located on the fifth floor of Hale Library, the Morse Department of Special Collections is committed to enhancing and expanding its holdings in support of K-State's teaching, learning and research community.

Rylance earned a doctorate in art history from Pennsylvania State University and a master's in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The three departments comprise K-State Libraries' Research, Education and Engagement Division, which has recently gone through a partial reorganization to better serve its constituents.