Dean and university librarian named to lead University of Cincinnati Libraries

Elizabeth Kiscaden will oversee the university’s network of 10 libraries

Elizabeth Kiscaden, MLIS, AHIP, has been named dean and university librarian of the University of Cincinnati Libraries, effective Aug. 14, pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees.

Kiscaden currently serves as university librarian and assistant vice provost of library services at Creighton University. While at Creighton, she has worked to modernize legacy library systems and infrastructure to support an anytime, anywhere, any device philosophy and is overseeing the development of a single library enterprise, bringing together campus and health sciences libraries.

Elizabth Kiscaden

Elizabeth Kiscaden, MLIS, AHIP

“We conducted a national search for a new leader to guide the University of Cincinnati’s renowned libraries, and Elizabeth Kiscaden emerged at the top,” says Valerio Ferme, PhD, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Her experience with the evolution of online books and archives, tools and resources coupled with her commitment to collaboration will help advance the university’s digital transformation and ensure that our libraries continue to anticipate the needs of our students, faculty, staff and community members.”

During her tenure at Creighton, Kiscaden also established new climate-controlled space for archival storage, linked the campus innovation and design lab with the libraries, and implemented a comprehensive research information management system.

The opportunity to help advance the university’s vision of reshaping higher education to meet the needs of the next century is one I could not pass up and I look forward to making the diverse, vibrant community of Cincinnati my home

Elizabth Kiscaden, MLIS, AHIP

“I am excited to join UC Libraries and work with the many talented professionals that make UC the leading, research-intensive university that it is,” says Kiscaden. “The opportunity to help advance the university’s vision of reshaping higher education to meet the needs of the next century is one I could not pass up, and I look forward to making the diverse, vibrant community of Cincinnati my home.” 

Kiscaden has held positions at the University of Iowa, first as the head of library services at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and later as the associate director of the Greater Midwest Regional Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Earlier in her career, she served as the Library Director of the Luise V. Hanson Library at Waldorf College and held the position of Medical Librarian at Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa.  

Kiscaden has extensive experience administering large grants and library services to support academic programs, faculty teaching and student learning. Her research largely focuses on consumer health information. She received an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and holds a master’s degree in library and information sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

About the University of Cincinnati Libraries

The mission of the University of Cincinnati Libraries is to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources. The Libraries strive to be a progressive, creative and dynamic organization that is recognized as a model provider of access to premier library collections, expertise and quality service. 

A founding member of the Association of Research Libraries, UC Libraries offers access to an outstanding research library collection of over 4.5 million volumes, 1.9 million e-books, over 150,000 serial subscriptions and thousands of full-text articles online, in addition to a wide range of services to help faculty, students and scholars with their research needs.  

UC Libraries include the central Walter C. Langsam Library, plus college and departmental libraries that provide specialized service and collaboration with faculty, researchers, and students across the university. Those libraries include the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library; the Archives and Rare Books Library; the Ralph E. Oesper Chemistry-Biology Library; the Albino Gorno Memorial (CCM) Library; the John Miller Burnam Classics Library; the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services Library; the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP); the College of Engineering and Applied Science Library and the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library. 

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