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March 24, 2006
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

KU announces Conway as second of five candidates for dean of University Libraries

LAWRENCE — The second of five candidates to be the next dean of libraries at the University of Kansas will visit campus next week and conduct a public forum Tuesday, March 28. KU is conducting a national search for a replacement for Stella Bentley, who is retiring this summer.

The candidate, Paul Conway, director of digital asset initiatives for Duke University Libraries, will visit campus March 27-29. He will give a public presentation and attend a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. March 28 in the Big 12 Room in the Kansas Union. Additional candidates will be announced at least two working days before their campus visits, which will conclude April 14. Additional information about each candidate will be posted at www.lib.ku.edu/dean.

Conway, who is faculty director for curriculum development at Duke and has adjunct teaching appointments at Duke and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, earned his bachelor’s in history at Indiana University in Bloomington. He earned his master’s degree in history: administration of archives and his doctoral degree in information and library studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Before joining Duke in 2001, he worked in the Yale University library system, at the Office of the National Archives and at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

KU hopes the next dean will begin work by August. The University Libraries have a $15 million annual budget and 180 staff members and employ 250 students annually. The system contains more than 4 million printed volumes and more than 100 searchable electronic databases. University Libraries catalog 33,000 serials annually and house more than 500,000 maps and 1 million photographic images. A $5.8 million library annex is under construction on KU’s west campus.

Search committee members are listed at www.news.ku.edu/2005/november/9/library.shtml.

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