Thomas Peters named dean of university libraries
Thomas Peters, assistant dean for strategic technology initiatives at the Milner Library at Illinois State University, has been named the new dean of university libraries at Missouri State University. He will begin his duties Aug. 1.
“I am very pleased that Tom will be joining our academic leadership team. He brings a wealth of library and information science experience to the position of dean, and I am confident he is the right person to lead the continued development of our libraries in these times of rapid change,” said Dr. Frank Einhellig, interim provost. “Tom understands the technological transition in process in library science, and his vision will be important in guiding the choices that will be made. I am certain that his collaborative approach to the work of the library will be well received as he joins an experienced and productive library faculty and staff at MSU.”
Prior to joining Illinois State in 2011, Peters was the founder and chief executive officer of TAP Information Services (2003-2011). He also worked as the director of the Center for Library Initiatives at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (2000-2003); the dean of university libraries at Western Illinois University (1998-1999); the associate director for collections and technical services for Northern Illinois University (1994-1998); collection development coordinator for the Memorial Library at Minnesota State University at Mankato (1991-1994); and humanities reference librarian and coordinator of bibliographic instruction at University of Missouri-Kansas City (1987-1991).
Peters holds a Master of Arts in English from University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Master of Arts in library and information science from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy from Grinnell College.
Peters will receive $112,000 annually and will be appointed at the rank of professor with tenure. His appointment is subject to formal approval by the Missouri State Board of Governors.
He replaces current dean Neosha Mackey, who was appointed to the position in 2009 and is retiring effective June 30. Prior to becoming dean, Mackey served as associate dean of library services (1987-2009) and head of reference (1985-1987) for a total of 27 dedicated years of service at retirement.