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NKU's Steely Library Names New Dean

Andrea Falcone will serve as the new dean at Northern Kentucky University's Steely Library.

She joins the Highland Heights campus on July 15, a news release said.

Falcone currently serves as the associate director for Education and Public Services at the Auraria Library, a tri-institutional library serving the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver. Prior to Auraria Library, Falcone led the library instruction program at the University of Northern Colorado and taught a number of credit courses on information literacy and information control in contemporary society.

“We are so pleased to welcome Andrea to NKU as Dean of Steely Library,” said NKU Provost Sue Ott Rowlands. “Andrea has had a long academic career focused on envisioning and managing information services that enhance research within and across disciplines. This includes academic success in and beyond the classroom and the strategic development of library learning spaces, integrated service points and circulation services.”

Since 2013, Falcone has been a national presenter for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ roadshow “Planning, Assessing and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action.” She is also the editor of the Beta Phi Mu “Scholars Series” published by Rowman & Littlefield and as such has edited five monographs about various topics in library and information science. As the column editor for "Perspectives on Public Services," which appears in “International Information & Library Review,” Falcone publishes about theoretical and practical issues regarding user-focused services in academic libraries.

“I am honored to lead Steely Library and look forward to building on its history of providing the skills and perspective to prepare NKU students for success in a global information society,” said Andrea Falcone.

Falcone’s record includes more than ten peer-reviewed publications and over fifty presentations. Past awards include the Leadership in Service Award for Excellence from the Auraria Library (2019), the University of Northern Colorado 2015 Distinguished Scholar Award, and the 2014 ACRL Information Literacy Best Practices: Exemplary Programs (category of Pedagogy) award for the Instructional Services Department at the University of Northern Colorado.

Falcone earned her master’s degree in library science from Indiana University, her master’s in English from the University of Toledo, and her undergraduate degree from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.

Faclone assumes the position from Dr. Robert Zai III, who is currently serving as Interim Dean.

-Staff report