Our Organization

Exterior of Spencer Research Library in the spring

Dean of Libraries

"Kevin L. Smith, dean of KU Libraries"As the dean, Kevin Smith advocates on behalf of the libraries, positioning the organization as an integral partner with the university’s academic and administrative units and ensuring the libraries’ continued leadership in advancing research, teaching, inclusivity and global initiatives. The dean is instrumental in developing the vision that guides the libraries in service to the university. He also facilitates external relations through outreach and development, engaging in donor relations to solidify fundraising efforts.

Executive Associate Deans of Libraries

"Kent Miller""Mary Roach"

Kent Miller and Mary Roach provide leadership in overall administrative and operational areas, supporting the dean in the assessment of programmatic, budgetary and personnel initiatives, with particular emphasis on the ways in which the libraries’ initiatives align with strategic goals and objectives. The executive associate deans focus on budgetary management, development programs, facilities issues, external relationships and the user experience with library programs and facilities. 

In addition, they provide administrative and operational leadership to three core services units within the libraries. Cataloging & Archival Processing makes resources and services findable, accessible and usable for KU and the greater scholarly community. This unit manages metadata creation and curation, archival processing and bibliographic description and inventory.  Acquisitions & Resource Sharing acquires, borrows and lends materials in all formats and manages access to electronic resources. Payments, renewals, licensing and budgetary management associated with content activities are completed in this department. Access Services provides the front-line customer service and public operations support in seven campus libraries, and oversees facilities management, including the remote storage site. Staff are engaged in interactions with members of the libraries’ user community, the support of general reference assistance in person and through chat, book stacks management, and the training and supervision of student staff that provide direct desk support.    

  • Access Services
  • Acquisitions & Resource Sharing
  • Cataloging & Archival Processing

Executive Director of Administrative Services

"Mike Broadwell"Mike Broadwell oversees the Administrative Services team, whose efforts encompass human resources/organizational development, faculty development processes, campus mail, and some aspects of fiscal services, library facilities and space management, as well as other administrative actions aimed at strengthening the libraries’ support within the campus community. 

Executive Director of Communications & Advancement

"Christy McWard"Christy McWard directs the Office of Communications & Advancement and provides leadership on organizational strategy, communications and advancement. 

The office establishes priorities for the dean’s activities, consults and contributes on organizational issues and efforts, and advises in aligning organizational assets and activity with priorities. Additionally, OCA leads all internal and external marketing and communications efforts, including development and implementation of all strategic communications plans. The team serves as the primary media contact for KU Libraries, and develops public relations and marketing plans, as well as associated tactics, including events. OCA manages all social media channels on behalf of KU Libraries. The office establishes and communicates development priorities, identifies and cultivates potential donors and partners with KU Endowment on major gift solicitation. This team manages the 30+ member Board of Advocates, leads corporate relations efforts, and oversees annual giving through the Friends of KU Libraries and other special campaigns.  

Associate Dean of Distinctive Collections

"Beth Whittaker"Beth Whittaker leads the faculty and staff in Distinctive Collections in their efforts to acquire, preserve and promote rare books, manuscripts, archives and specialized foreign language collections to meet the needs of the university, students, faculty and researchers around the world. Collaborating with colleagues across the libraries, the campus and the community, Distinctive Collections integrates these valuable collections into the strategic discovery, teaching, learning and research efforts of the libraries and the university.

  • Conservation Services
  • International Collections
  • Kenneth Spencer Research Library

Associate Dean of Research Engagement

"Scott Hanrath"Scott Hanrath leads teams that support researchers and students throughout the research lifecycle. Content Development provides oversight for the budgeting, analysis, management and development of library collections in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Digital Initiatives offers repository, digitization and publishing services; supports resource discovery and the user experience; and provides expertise to advance digital scholarship. This unit works closely with KU Information Technology’s Libraries’ Applications and Development team to manage library systems and services. Research & Learning actively engages with the campus to enhance scholarship and empower learners to navigate and question a knowledge-intensive landscape through classroom instruction, research consultations, and programming. This unit is comprised of three user-focused centers and the Reference Services team, which provides research help in library locations and online. The Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright helps faculty and students propel scholarly work, develop educational resources, manage copyrights and learn more about the shifting system of scholarly communication in which they are stakeholders.

  • Content Development
  • Digital Initiatives
  • Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright
  • Research & Learning:
    • Center for Faculty/Staff Initiatives & Engagement
    • Center for Graduate Initiatives & Engagement
    • Center for Undergraduate Initiatives & Engagement
    • Reference Services