The Catholic University of America

Dec. 9, 2009

President Names Longtime Employee Acting Director of Libraries


Stephen Connaghan

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., the president of The Catholic University of America, announced today that he has appointed Stephen Connaghan acting director of libraries, effective Jan. 1, 2010.

Connaghan has worked in the university libraries since 1989 when he was an undergraduate student.

"Steve Connaghan has shown a talent for library administration as demonstrated in the progressive positions that he has held, most recently as director of library administration," says Provost James Brennan. "I believe that he will champion our efforts to bring the library to its proper centrality as a learning hub for the entire campus."

During his undergraduate years, Connaghan worked as a part-time library assistant in the engineering/architecture/math library before moving to the circulation and automated systems office.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and minors in computer science and history in 1991, Connaghan enrolled in CUA's School of Library and Information Science. While studying for his master's degree, he continued to work full time in the university's libraries as a graduate library preprofessional in the interlibrary loan section.

After his graduation in 1993, he became the electronic access librarian, where he continued to supervise interlibrary loan operations but also took on responsibilities for the libraries' networked resources and information systems.

He expanded his administrative responsibilities in 1998 as head of library information systems. In order to prepare for the $6 million renovation of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, he assumed building-related responsibilities as the head of library facilities and information systems in 2002.

He was promoted to associate director for library technology in 2006 before assuming his position as director of library administration in 2008. In that role, he has overseen the administration of public and technical services within the libraries, as well as facilities and information technology services.