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Dean of Libraries
Sheila Grant Johnson
Sheila Grant Johnson has served as Oklahoma State University Dean of Libraries since 2004. She holds the rank of Professor and the Clerico Family Chair for Library Excellence.
The OSU Library employs more than 200 faculty, staff and students who serve the needs of the campus community. In addition to the Edmon Low Library, other libraries on the OSU-Stillwater campus include the William E. Brock Memorial Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Library, the Mary L. Williams Education and Teaching Library in the College of Education, and the Cunningham Architecture Library.
During her tenure as Dean, Johnson has focused on bringing the historic and iconic Edmon Low Library into the future both in terms of facilities and services. She has overseen transformative renovations to the Edmon Low Library, many of which were funded through private donations. Under Johnson's guidance the OSU Library is building a reputation for embracing new technology while maintaining a foundation of quality service. The OSU Library was an early adopter of several innovative search products. As a result, OSU served as one of two development partners for Summon, which powers Google-like searching across all Library collections.
Johnson received her associate's degree from Amarillo Junior College, her B.A. in history is from Baylor University, and her master of library science degree is from the University of Texas, Austin.
Before coming to OSU in 1978, she served as map librarian at Texas A&M University. At OSU, Johnson served as assistant professor and head of the circulation department from 1978-81, and was head of the Biological Sciences Reference Division from 1981-88, attaining the rank of associate professor in 1986. In 1989 she was named assistant university librarian for reference, instruction and collections. In 2000, she became OSU Libraries assistant dean of for public services and collections.
The Library at Oklahoma State University is both the literal and figurative center of the campus. The elegant structure has been the academic symbol of the University since it was built in 1953.
We exist as a resource to expand the learning potential of students and citizens of our state and to enhance the teaching and research capabilities of our faculty.
In 2012, Johnson embarked on a multiyear exploration of the future of libraries. With the help of an outside consultant, the OSU Library staff and faculty researched and discussed factors influencing research libraries, the changing nature of academic work, and contemporary initiatives being pursued by members of the Association of Research Libraries.
The Oklahoma State University Library seeks creative personnel with a passion for both learning and teaching who are eager to drive their own projects, innovate, and take on challenges.