New dean of University Libraries to begin in March
Like any good librarian, Jeff Luzius did his research before he applied to be Central Michigan University’s new dean of Libraries.
He found a “beautiful facility,” an “engaged
"Everyone I’ve met is incredibly friendly — students,
A Battle Creek native, Luzius said he was fortunate to grow up with a beautiful public library nearby. In college, he worked part-time at an academic library and realized that he enjoyed the job enough to make it into a career.
More than 40 people applied for the position, said Provost Michael Gealt.
“He really has a complete package that he’s bringing to the campus,” Gealt said. “He’s a first-rate candidate and we’re satisfied with the decision we’ve made.”
The dean of Libraries is responsible for running the Central Michigan University library system throughout the state and country.
Academic libraries are facing several challenges, Luzius said.
Luzius said academic libraries will have to focus on balancing between print and electronic collections while managing limited physical space. He said he will also focus on students' desire to use libraries as collaborative space.
“His most important duty is making sure that everyone at the university has the resources they need to carry out their classes,