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May 9, 2003


CUA Announces New Dean of Library and Information Science


The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Martha L. Hale as dean of the CUA School of Library and Information Science, effective June 2.


Martha L. Hale

An award-winning administrator with substantial experience in distance learning, Hale is professor and director of the Institute of Continuous Education, School of Library and Information Management, at Emporia State University in Kansas. Hale, who served as dean of Emporia State’s School of Library and Information Management from 1987 to 1994, founded the Institute of Continuous Education in 2001.


Her distinguished career — from her early days in the Peace Corps to her 2001 trip to Nigeria for a distance-learning project — reflects her dedication to connecting people with information by building links to the community.


“Dr. Martha Hale’s strong background in academic management and her demonstrated experience in distance education will facilitate the work of an outstanding faculty in extraordinary ways,” says Father O’Connell. “I think the students and our alumni will find in her a wonderful mentor and a dean who will build pride in the school.” 


A longtime advocate of connecting students with alumni working in the field, Hale, 60, has been honored for her efforts to encourage student creativity. Inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame in 1997, she made a library science master’s program available to more than 500 students in six of the 12 Midwest states served by Emporia State’s School of Library and Information Management. 


Founded in 1902, Emporia State’s library school is the oldest school of library and information studies in the western half of the United States. It serves students in a region where there are no other accredited library programs.

In 2000, Hale participated in writing and implementing a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State that has funded the Nigeria Project, a distance-learning partnership involving Emporia State’s School of Library and Information Management and three Nigerian universities.

The ongoing project seeks to strengthen the capacity of Nigerian institutions, thereby supporting the development of civil society in local communities, and to strengthen the globalization component of the library and information science curriculum at Emporia State.

In summer 1999, Hale was a visiting faculty member with the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was a visiting scholar at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in fall 1998.  

“Dr. Martha Hale brings a wealth of experience to her position as dean,” says CUA Provost John J. Convey. “She is a proven leader who has a firm grasp of the issues facing the profession and a vision for advancing the School of Library and Information Science.  I look forward to working with her.”

Hale earned a bachelor’s degree in history at the University of New Hampshire in 1965, a master’s degree in library science at Syracuse University in 1977 and a doctorate in public administration at the University of Southern California in 1983.

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.




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