Appointment: Dean of University Library

Ruth Kifer

Dr. Ruth Kifer

Memo: Appointment of the Dean of the University Library (PDF)

Ruth Kifer was appointed as the new Dean of the University Library on August 12, 2005, following a national search. She will assume her new on campus duties beginning October 1, 2005.

Ruth E. Kifer was the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Distributed Libraries at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax Virginia.  Her responsibilities included the administration of the University Library system’s three branch libraries, the University Copyright Office and the University-wide web team.

Before joining George Mason University in 1996, Kifer was Associate Director of Learning Resources for the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Prior to working in Virginia libraries, she held library management positions in Maryland community colleges, including Essex Community College Library in Baltimore County Maryland where she directed the library, audiovisual services and the college cable television channel. Ms. Kifer started her career in librarianship as a public librarian with experience at the Norwin Public Library in Pennsylvania, the Weymouth Public Library in Massachusetts and the Baltimore County Public Library System in Maryland.

Ms. Kifer is presently the President of the Virginia Library Association (VLA), is one of the founding board members of the VLA Foundation, Inc. (501 (c) 3 organization) and has been active on numerous committees in the Association for over ten years. In 2000 she was appointed by the Virginia General Assembly as the VLA representative to the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS) Subcommittee on the Uniform Computer Transactions Act (UCITA).  Ms. Kifer serves on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Government Relations Committee and is a member of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Resource Sharing Committee.

Ms. Kifer has an M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore.  She has been an adjunct faculty member with the University of Maryland, College of Library and Information Studies, has presented numerous sessions at professional conferences on copyright issues, electronic reserves, the USA PATRIOT Act, the future of libraries, and library leadership, and is a contributing author for the recent book, “Last One Out Turn Off the Lights; Is This the Future of American and Canadian Libraries?”