New libraries dean named; brings track record of innovation
When the search committee for the next University Libraries dean brought candidates to campus recently, one rose to the top of everyone’s list: Robert Fox Jr. The UofL Board of Trustees has appointed Fox, associate dean of libraries at Georgia Institute of Technology, as professor and dean of University Libraries. He will assume his UofL responsibilities Feb. 14.
UofL’s library system is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries and is ranked among the top 100 libraries in North America. The library boasts more than 2.2 million volumes and 46,000 active serial subscriptions. The University Libraries include five libraries on the Belknap Campus and one on the Health Sciences Campus.
"On each of my trips to Louisville considering this position, I have been impressed with the energy and activities of U of L, its libraries and the city,” Fox said. “I really look forward to leading the libraries in providing resources and services to the entire community."
Fox has been associate dean of libraries at Georgia Tech since 2005. He has been credited with a number of innovations, such as numerous renovation and construction projects including two new commons spaces, a new library classroom and planning for a new desk that will combine several existing service points into one place. He also has improved user engagement through creation of a User Experience Department and separate student and faculty advisory boards.
“Bob Fox was the first choice of every committee and every individual he met when he visited campus,” said UofL Provost Shirley Willihnganz. “He will bring energy, vision and expertise in areas that will be vital to the future of libraries, such as open access journals and improving the user experience. Under his leadership, we will continue to grow as one of the nation’s top research libraries.”
Prior to his tenure at Georgia Tech, Fox served in several positions at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia. He was that institution’s director of library services from 1992 to 2005.
He also has served as a reference librarian at Woodruff Library at Atlanta University Center, a consortium of historically black colleges and universities.
Fox earned his M.B.A. at the University of Georgia. He holds a master of library sciences degree from Clark Atlanta University.