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Dean Rosann Bazirjian will retire April 1

Photo of Rosann BazirjianRosann Bazirjian, dean of University Libraries at UNCG for the past 11 years, has announced her retirement from the university, effective April 1, 2016. She became dean in August 2004 when she came to UNCG from Penn State.

Provost Dana Dunn, in noting her many accomplishments, said, “Rosann worked diligently to ensure that the UNC Greensboro libraries provided outstanding service to the academic community and, despite resource challenges, served as a model among our peer public research university libraries. Her creativity and innovation are evident in the array of programs and services provided by the libraries. From championing our outstanding library faculty, to instituting a tenure and promotion recognition event for faculty, Rosann has been a collaborative and supportive colleague to all members of the UNC Greensboro community.

“Please join me in wishing Rosann the best in retirement and in thanking her for her many contributions to UNC Greensboro,” the provost said.

Among her many accomplishments:

  • Dramatic enhancement of the library’s spaces, including

1. beautification of both the interior and (with such strong support from the Friends) the exterior of the building;
2. creation of new collaborative learning spaces including the Learning Commons and Digital Media Commons,
3. renovated space for Special Collections and University Archives, Electronic Resources and Information Technology, and the Music Library, which was named the Harold Schiffman Music Library during her tenure

  • A strong commitment to diversity, including the creation of the ACE Scholars Program, the naming of Gerald Holmes as Diversity Librarian, the creation of the Diversity Residency position, and the development of a strategic plan for diversity.
  • A passion for innovation, as witnessed by the creation of the Librarian Entrepreneurial Conference, the Triad Area Library Association’s Paraprofessional Conference, and the Innovation and Program Enrichment Grant.
  • A commitment to make research broadly available to the scholarly community and to the public, which led her to secure membership for the University Libraries in leading professional associations working toward the goal of open access such as SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and CNI (Coalition for Networked Information).  NC DOCKS is further evidence of this strongly held commitment.
  • A deep engagement in encouraging her colleagues to publish and serve in professional  organizations and engage in community activities that resulted in dramatically increased scholarly and creative output.
  • A renewed emphasis on the value of special collections and making them available to the research community through digitization and increased use in teaching students.
  • The rebirth and repositioning of the Jackson Society to support the University Libraries.

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