The Catholic University of America

June 4, 2007

CUA Announces New Dean of Library and Information Science

Kimberly B. Kelley

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Kimberly B. Kelley as dean of the CUA School of Library and Information Science, effective Aug. 20, 2007.

Kelley is the vice provost and dean of academic resources and services at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), a position she has held since 2005. She has managed a faculty and staff of 150, and has led the unit responsible for developing and implementing new approaches to course design through technology innovation.

She has served UMUC since 1991, when she became director of library services. In 1996, she served as associate provost of information and library services before being promoted to her current position.

"I look forward to exciting new possibilities for our School of Library and Information Science under the leadership of Dean Kimberly Kelley," Father O'Connell said. "She impressed me immediately during the search process as capable, competent and collegial - all very good qualities in a leader. I hope the school and its faculty will flourish."

James F. Brennan, Ph.D., Catholic University's provost designate, said he was "delighted" at Kelley's appointment, adding, "Her wealth of experience and her recent position in the leadership group at the University of Maryland University College will help us as we reach out to new constituents and accommodate their programmatic needs. In this age of information overload, Dean Kelley will bring leadership in our pursuit of an academic grasp on the issue of information literacy at all levels of the curriculum."

While at UMUC, Kelley established the nationally prominent Center for Intellectual Property. The center has provided leadership through research, teaching and outreach about the impact of digitalization on the creation, dissemination and management of intellectual property.

Before her work at UMUC, Kelley was the chief librarian at the Museum Support Center of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., from 1990 to 1991. From 1985 to 1990, she was the engineering and psychology librarian at Columbia University in New York.

She also served as the health sciences librarian at the A.W. Calhoun Medical Library (1985-1986) and as a researcher at the Yerkes Primate Research Center (1982-1985), both in Atlanta.

Kelley is an award-winning administrator in the area of library science. Among her awards are the Excellence in Service Award for Outstanding Information Resources Management and the Excellence in Service Award for Non-Credit Program Offerings, both received from the University Continuing Education Association in 2004.

She received a commendation from Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening in 2000 for the creation and initiation of the Maryland Digital Library, which provides access to electronic resources to students and faculty at universities and colleges throughout the state.

She created the digital library with a $900,000 grant from the Maryland Information Technology Board. In 1998 she was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, a faculty honor society, for her service to the University System of Maryland.

Kelley earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's of library science at Emory University. She received her Ph.D. in higher education policy, planning and administration from the University of Maryland in College Park.


The CUA School of Library and Information Science was founded in 1939 as the Department of Library Science. Accredited continuously by the American Library Association since 1948, the department added the term information science in 1974. The department became a school in 1981. It is the only library science school in Washington, D.C.