University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah has announced the appointment of Michael Kelly as interim dean of the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences. The appointment is effective Oct. 13, 2013.

“With the impending departure of Dean Martha Bedard, I sought the input of the faculty and staff to determine who should take over the important role of dean while we conduct a national search," Abdallah said. "Michael Kelly will provide leadership and maintain the positive momentum of this important organization."

Kelly is the associate dean for Scholarly Resources, Special Collections, the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections, and associate professor of Librarianship in the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences. He has 30 years of professional archival experience working in museums, historical societies and universities.

“Dean Bedard leaves a strong legacy of innovation and service," Kelly said. "Her accomplishments at UNM have made a real difference. This is an exciting time in the world of libraries and information management and the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences is well positioned to capitalize on the innovative ideas that will enhance our service and teaching catalog.”

Kelly received his BA in history from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, his Master of Arts in History from Iowa State University, and him Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Denver. His professional experiences include the directorship of the Harold McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum in Cody, Wyoming and Curator of Special Collections at Wichita State University.

He has authored several articles, book chapters, and served as co-author and photo editor for two textbooks. He has been the principal investigator for grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Historical Records Publications Commission. Projects Mike participated in include the Celebrating Statehood Digital Archive, the New Mexico Digital Newspaper Project and the development of the Rocky Mountain On-Line Archives.

A search for a permanent dean will begin this fall.