Central Missouri State University, as a part of its continued quest to enhance the quality of educational experiences for its clientele, created a new academic division called Library Services in 1988. A new position of Dean of Library Services was created to provide leadership and executive services to the new division. Library Services, as a part of Academic Affairs consists of three departments: (1) Library Science and Information Services Department with one of the largest graduate programs on campus, (2) University Media Services with its subunits of Audiovisual Campus Services, Computer Commons (previously known as Self-Instruction Center), Engineering Services, Instructional Design and Development, and Instructional Television, and (3) Ward Edwards Library, one of the largest public academic libraries in Missouri and has worldwide recognition for its outstanding children's literature collections.
I have the privilege and pleasure of serving as the first Dean of Library Services at Central. In this year's executive summary, I would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of Library Services faculty and staff, not only for the preceding year but for the entire preceding decade. I would also like to document the significant role played by our faculty and staff in changing the mission and culture of Central.
Given what has been accomplished in the first decade, I have full confidence in Library Services faculty and staff to continue their leadership role in providing innovative information resources and services to not only members of the academic community, but to all citizens of Missouri.
Dean of Library Services