[CUA Office of Public Affairs]   

         June 1, 2005       


Michael J. McLane Appointed Catholic University’s Director of Libraries


Michael J. McLane

John J. Convey, provost of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Michael J. McLane as director of the university’s libraries, effective Aug. 1, 2005.


McLane, who has more than 30 years of experience as an academic librarian and administrator, has served as executive director of the Central New York Library Resources Council in Syracuse, N.Y., since 2000. As council head, he oversees a state-funded organization whose 55 members include several public and school library systems as well as libraries at colleges and universities, hospitals, corporate and law offices, and non-profit organizations in a four-county area.


McLane’s previous academic appointments include dean of libraries and instructional resources at Salisbury State University in Maryland from 1998 to 2000; director of libraries and learning resources at the State University of New York at Oswego from 1991 to 1998; and associate librarian and coordinator of reference and instruction at SUNY Oswego from 1988 to 1991.


“Michael McLane brings a wealth of administrative and professional experience to his role as director of libraries,” says Convey. “We are pleased to have such a capable successor to continue the tradition of outstanding leadership that the university libraries have enjoyed. I look forward to working with him to enable the library to continue supporting research, teaching and learning at CUA.” 


McLane, who is active in the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries, earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science at Le Moyne College and master’s degrees in library science and higher education administration at Syracuse University.


He will take over an extensive library system at Catholic University that includes the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, and collections at various schools on campus devoted to music, physics, nursing and biology, library and information science, and engineering/architecture and mathematics. CUA’s library system employs a staff of 111 and maintains a collection of 1.3 million volumes.


Two of McLane’s children earned bachelor’s degrees in history at Catholic University — Michael McLane Jr. in 1992 and Colleen McLane in 1996.    



A digital photo of Michael J. McLane is available on request. For more information, contact Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600.




The Catholic University of America, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church in America. Founded in 1887 and chartered by Congress, the university opened as a graduate research institution. Undergraduate programs were introduced in 1904. Today the private and coeducational campus has approximately 5,900 undergraduate and graduate students from all states and 90 countries enrolled in 11 schools of architecture and planning, arts and sciences, canon law, engineering, law, library and information science, music, nursing, philosophy, social service, and theology and religious studies. 






















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