May 28, 2022

From Wichita to Tuscaloosa: Dr. Donald Gilstrap Named Dean of Libraries at the University of Alabama

From the University of Alabama:

Dr. Donald L. Gilstrap, dean and professor of University Libraries at Wichita State University, has been named dean of the University Libraries at The University of Alabama.

The appointment is effective Jan. 4, 2016, said Dr. Kevin Whitaker, UA’s interim provost, in making the announcement.

Gilstrap has 20 years of experience in academic libraries, including the University of Oklahoma, the University of Connecticut, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the Connecticut Community College System.  He has served as the chief administrative officer of the main and branch libraries, as well as special collections, for Wichita State since 2011, and he also serves as a professor of educational leadership at WSU.


Gilstrap holds undergraduate degrees in both French and history, as well as master’s degrees in both library science and history, from Emporia State University. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Oklahoma.


Before joining Wichita State University, Gilstrap was associate dean of libraries for technical services at the University of Oklahoma. While there, he led the implementation of the library’s discovery layer search interface, the university’s institutional repository, the digital media program and wide-scale digitization initiatives for Special Collections.

He also served at the national level in the Center for Research Libraries and the Greater Western Library Alliance.

Gilstrap will replace Dr. Louis A. Pitschmann, who is retiring after serving as dean since 2001.

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