David H. Carlson Named Dean of the Texas A&M University Libraries

Marketing and Communications | January 03, 2012

David H. Carlson

David H. Carlson has been named dean of the Texas A&M University Libraries by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, effective July 1, 2012. He currently serves as professor and dean of library affairs for the Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) in Carbondale, Illinois.

Carlson has served as professor and dean of library affairs at Southern Illinois since 2001. During that time, he has been responsible for overall administration and operations of the Morris Library, including library support services, information services, special collections, library advancement and development. He previously served in leadership positions within academic libraries during the last 32 years at Bridgewater State, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Louisville, and University of Evansville.

Carlson has published extensively in library management, information network security, library automation and library and vendor relations. He is also a national leader in the promotion of open access policies in libraries and scholarly communication.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Library Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Computer Science Education from The University of Evansville.

In his new position as dean, Carlson will also hold the Sterling C. Evans Endowed Chair in Library Administration.

The Texas A&M University Libraries encompasses five facilities plus online services in support of the research and study needs of both students and faculty across campus.  Texas A&M University Libraries ranks 8th among academic libraries in US public institutions and has more than 4 million volumes, including more than 400,000 electronic books and serials, according to statistics from the Association of Research Libraries.