Lamar library gets new dean

Arne Almquist

Arne Almquist of Union, Kentucky, has been selected to serve as dean of the Mary and John Gray Library, announced Lamar University Provost James Marquart. Almquist’s appointment follows a national search for new leadership for the position that is at the heart of the university’s academic endeavors, Marquart said.

"Dr. Almquist's deep knowledge of and experience in information science will be of tremendous benefit to Lamar University," said Marquart. "Libraries are the academic heart of institutions of higher learning. Today, the vision and technical knowledge needed to make them excel is greater than ever. The students and faculty of Lamar University will benefit from Dr. Almquist's leadership in this incredibly vital area of our campus."

Almquist’s will join LU’s faculty Aug. 1 from Northern Kentucky University, where he has served as associate provost and dean of the library since 2001.  In 2015, his duties were further expanded to include managing and developing the university’s Center for Innovation and Technology in Education and the university’s Grant County Center, a remote outreach center supporting students in a four-county rural area. Before becoming library dean at NKU, Almquist served one year as interim chief information officer.

He holds a Ph.D. and Master’s in information science from the University of North Texas. He also holds an M.F.A. in music performance from State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a published academician, with nearly a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals and professional publications, and is a sought after presenter at local, regional and state meetings and conferences.

— Lamar University