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December 11, 2008

Williams receives promotion to assistant dean of the ULM Library

The University of Louisiana at Monroe welcomes Dinah H. Williams as its new assistant dean of the ULM Library. Most recently, she served as assistant professor and coordinator of public services at the university library, from 2003-2008.

Williams welcomes the chance to further benefit the ULM family. “I look forward to continued service to ULM students, faculty and staff as well as the opportunities and challenges this advancement affords.”

Donald Smith, dean of the ULM Library, expressed his appreciation of the new assistant dean. “We are very pleased that a person of Dinah’s experience and service orientation has accepted our position. Her role in establishing an information commons in the library is central to the entire process. I am looking forward to working with Dinah in her new position.”

As assistant dean of the library, Williams coordinates closely with the dean in strategic planning and top level decision making in all areas of collections, services and operations; works collaboratively with all library departments, units, working groups, task forces, and committees to accomplish goals, including planning and management of special projects and initiatives; assists the dean in all areas of financial and personnel administration, including budget preparation and management, recruitment, promotion and tenure; represents library interests through membership on appropriate committees and by taking leadership roles in the library and the university; coordinates communication and outreach efforts; and serves as acting dean when necessary.

Williams, also an associate professor, has steadily received promotions since first joining the ULM Library faculty in 1975 as an instructor and reference librarian. From 1980-1993, she became an assistant professor and library liaison to the ULM College of Education. In 1993, she took on the duties of associate professor and coordinator of reference services, serving in that position for 10 years.

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