SIUE has new library, information services dean
Lydia Jackson is the new Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Library and Information Services (LIS) interim dean after former Dean Regina McBride retired in early October.
SIUE Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Denise Cobb appointed Jackson to the position that is effective immediately, an SIEU release said.
“As interim dean, .... Jackson will lead the LIS faculty and staff in strategic planning, and most importantly, she will engage the campus community in these discussions as we work together to re-imagine LIS and its central role in our campus,” Cobb said in the release. “I look forward to seeing what the future holds in our next steps toward a fully realized 21st century university library.”
Jackson has been working at SIUE since 1983 and has served numerous roles at Lovejoy Library including instruction librarian, director of instruction and outreach and director of the research commons, the release said.
“The most essential elements of my role will be embedded in advocacy, collaboration and support to ensure the research needs of all users are met and sustained,” Jackson said in the release. “I want to acknowledge the exemplary role that each member of the LIS faculty and staff demonstrate daily by providing excellence and dedication to their service and in their support of students, teachers, scholars and community members.”
Jackson received a bachelor’s degree from SIUE in 1983 in government and sociology and holds two master’s degrees, in instructional technology and library science, the release noted.