Wanda V. Dole, dean of the Ottenheimer Library since 2006, has announced her retirement effective July 1, 2013.
Under her leadership, strategic planning and assessment were nurtured and the libraryâ€™s resources and facilities were enhanced and improved. The library has created a culture of assessment and is committed to the continuous improvement cycle.
In addition, she led the renovation of public areas of the library to create spaces conducive to learning and research. New technology was explored and opened to UALR users and the community, and print and online resources have been expanded.
Dean Dole also established the Ottenheimer Library Development Board to plan and support fund-raising.
Prior to coming to UALR, she held administrative positions in the libraries of Washburn University, SUNY Stony Brook, Penn State â€“ Abington and the University of Miami. She also worked in publishing (Scott, Foresman and Co.) and book selling (NE regional representative, B.H. Blackwellâ€™s/Blackwell North America). A graduate of the UCLA Senior Fellows program, she served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the American University in Bulgaria.
Dean Dole has an extensive record of research, publication, and service at the local, regional, national, and international level. She currently serves on the American Library Associationâ€™s Council and served on the Professional Committee and Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations.