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Sept. 10, 2019

Joseph Salem named dean of MSU Libraries

Joseph Salem was named Dean of University Libraries by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. Salem joined the MSU Libraries as director and university librarian in August of 2018. The trustees approved the title change at Friday’s meeting.

“I see this title change as recognition of the role that the MSU Libraries plays at the center of the intellectual life at MSU,” Salem said. “The MSU Libraries makes vital contributions to the MSU community, and I am honored to serve a role on Deans Council as part of our academic leadership here at MSU.”

Salem is responsible for overseeing services, collections, facilities, budgets, personnel, fundraising and technology at the Libraries. He has led an effort to address all of these areas in a new and comprehensive strategic plan set for completion later this fall.

In his previous position, Salem served as the associate dean for learning, undergraduate services and commonwealth campus libraries at Penn State. In that role, he led Penn State’s open and affordable course content program, built the libraries’ assessment program, developed a programmatic approach to teaching and learning, led the Diversity Librarian Residency program, coordinated and expanded undergraduate internships and graduate assistantships within the libraries, as well as led strategic planning and helped to lead space planning.

Salem has a Ph.D. in evaluation and measurement from Kent State University, where he also earned a master’s degree in literature and writing as well as a master’s degree in library and information science. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Cleveland State University.

He has published and presented widely on a variety of topics, including open educational resources, library assessment, teaching and learning and student success.