May 22, 2022

University of Missouri: New University Librarian Shares Her Wish List For MU Libraries

From The Columbia Missourian:

Ann Campion Riley’s wish list for MU Libraries looks like this:

  • Expand planning and coordination efforts with MU faculty
  • Complete an addition to Ellis Library
  • Cooperate with other libraries and outside sources to meet students’ needs
  • Build and extension of the off-site book depository

“It includes our archives, too, which is currently in the news,” Riley said, referring to the recently flooded Lewis Hall where University Archives is housed.

Riley, who has served as acting director since 2015, became vice provost for libraries and university librarian July 1. She oversees Ellis Library and all eight branch libraries on campus, as well as two off-site depositories. Riley also manages the consortial resources services, federal documents and rare books and special collections.


With about 30 years of experience as a librarian in several institutions, Riley has seen budget challenges in both private and public colleges.

“Ours right now is probably the worst I’ve ever seen. It’s very bad,” Riley said.

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