From the Lincoln Journal Star:
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln dean of libraries will step down this summer after 16 years to take on a new administrative assignment, the university announced this week.
“I am intensely proud of the things we have accomplished together and I’m excited about the next phase of advancement for the UNL Libraries, but as you are aware, I continue to face health challenges that are increasing my fatigue levels,” Joan Giesecke said in a message to library staff.
Libraries associate dean Nancy Busch will serve as interim dean starting Aug. 12. Giesecke now will coordinate the university’s preparation for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation (due in 2016).
Under Giesecke’s guidance, the institutional repository Digital Commons was developed, now offering more than 57,000 full-text volumes — second-largest in the country — and accessed in more than 190 countries. UNL Libraries has moved significantly from print to electronic resources, with less than 2,000 of its 40,000 full-text journals only available in print.
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