A librarian with more than 30 years of experience in academic libraries and museums will join The University of Toledo as the leader of University Libraries effective Aug. 1.
Beau Case comes to UT from the University of Michigan Library. During his 15 years at the University of Michigan, he served as head of the arts and humanities libraries and collections managing a $7 million budget and as field librarian for classical studies.Prior to the University of Michigan, Case worked at Ohio State University as associate professor and head of the Linguistics and West European Languages Library. He also worked in libraries at Indiana University and the University of California at Los Angeles.
“I am proud to welcome Beau Case to The University of Toledo as dean of University Libraries,” Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, said. “His experience and understanding of the University research enterprise and learning environment will advance and strengthen our commitment to integrating new and emerging technologies with traditional library resources and services.”
“This is a great time to join the UT community,” Case said. “I was so impressed by the optimism and excitement I felt on campus during my interview and subsequent campus visits. I have had the chance to meet with longtime staff and faculty and with new administrators, and I was able to see both passion for tradition as well as for realizing a great future.”
Case has master’s degrees in library science and comparative literature from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Los Angeles.
He is a member of the editorial boards of Cambridge University Press; ProQuest; Collection Building; and Library Collections, Acquisitions and Technical Services.
UT University Libraries includes Carlson Library, Canaday Center for Special Collections and Mulford Health Science Library.
“Libraries are amazing at promoting and leveraging technology to enhance our collections and services,” Case said. “We have been very successful in harnessing changes in IT and publishing to create ubiquity of information access on our campuses and in our communities. We must now concentrate on transforming our work to become more relevant and impactful in research, teaching and learning. Libraries and their expert staff, services, collections and spaces not only support the university mission, but also can enhance that mission by finding new ways to connect and partner with faculty and students in the research process and learning environments.”
Case is familiar with OhioLINK institutions thanks to his time at Ohio State. He also regularly visits Ohio because this is where his wife’s family lives.
“It is a dream come true to have been selected for this position — everything aligns so nicely professionally and personally,” Case said.
Barbara Floyd, who had served as interim director, is retiring from the University after 31 years.
“We are grateful for Barbara’s three decades of dedicated service to the University and her leadership during the last two years as interim director,” Hsu said. “We wish her the best upon her well-deserved retirement.”