July 24, 2014  

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John Eye Chosen Dean of University Libraries at Southern Miss

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Dr. John Eye

The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Dr. John Eye to lead its University Libraries as dean, following a national search to fill the position.

Eye is Dean of Library Services and professor of library science at Southern Utah University. He will begin work at Southern Miss July 1.

“We’re pleased to have Dr. Eye join the university,” said Southern Miss Provost Dr. Denis A. Wiesenburg. “He brings a great deal of experience to the position, both as a sitting dean and in the area of technology.”

Eye was responsible for the vision and implementation of the strategic plan for SUU’s Gerald R. Sherratt Library, which included management of a $1.8 million budget, strategic planning, personnel, curriculum, fundraising initiatives, policies and facility technology. 

He also oversees access and technical services, special collections, collection development, reference, systems and special projects, an online information literacy course, the School Library media endorsement and M.Ed. program, and the SUU Press.

As a faculty member at Southern Utah, Eye teaches information literacy and has taught technology for teachers, collection development and cataloging, first year experience and school library administration. He previously served as web librarian and assistant/associate professor of library media at Southern Utah.

“I’m excited about joining the Hattiesburg and university communities, and look forward to being involved in the role Southern Miss libraries play in student success, faculty research and the overall growth of the university,” Eye said.

Eye holds an Ed.D. and an Ed.S in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota; an M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University; and a B.S. and M.S. in Information Media from St. Cloud State University. He is the author of numerous publications and has made multiple presentations across the country on topics that include copyright law, web design, ethics and the link between libraries and reading achievement.

He is a member of the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, the Mountain Plains Library Association, the Utah Library Association and the Utah Educational Library Media Association.