Provost Chaouki Abdallah has appointed Richard W. Clement as dean for the University of New Mexico's College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences. Clement is currently dean of libraries and adjunct professor of history at Utah State University.
"I am extraordinarily pleased to announce and welcome Rick to UNM," Abdallah said. "He comes to us with proven leadership and administrative skills and is a prolific scholar. He will be a great addition to our senior leadership team and I ask the UNM community to welcome him to Albuquerque."
Clement has served as dean at Utah State University since 2008. At USU he transformed library services to provide digital content to six campuses and numerous centers across the state. At the same time, he has insured the preservation of the unique and rare materials that constitute the collective cultural heritage. Clement has devoted his energies to balancing the digital transformation that is changing libraries and universities with the traditional values of preserving the diverse cultural heritage for all citizens and all time. Before coming to Utah in 2008, Clement was head of the department of special collections at the University of Kansas, where he also taught a course in the History of the Book as a courtesy professor of English.
Clement edited the journal “Mediterranean Studies,” published by Penn State University Press, from its inception in 1987 to 2010. He edited the Association of College and Research Libraries journal “RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage from 2003-2008.” He has written two books on the history of American publishing: “The Book in America” (1996) and “Books on the Frontier: Print Culture in the American West, 1763-1875 (2003).” Clement is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and has presented many papers at scholarly conferences.
Active in the areas of digital libraries, scholarly communication, and open access publication, Clement serves on the Board of Governors of the HathiTrust Digital Library as the vice chair/chair elect, of the steering committee for the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition, the Executive Board of the Western Regional Storage Trust, and is the Chair of the Greater Western Library Alliance. As a national leader in scholarly communication, he has been invited to speak numerous times at the annual American Library Association meetings.
"I am thrilled to join the University of New Mexico community," Clement said. "The College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences combines traditional collections of great depth and strength with a cutting edge approach to instruction and learning. I am very excited about the potential for significant innovation in the College. I am also pleased to be returning to Albuquerque, where I spent seven formative years growing up in the 1960s."
Clement begins July 1.