Dean’s Office

Dennis T. Clark

The Libraries Welcome Dennis Clark

Dennis T. Clark, former associate university librarian for research, learning, and spaces at the University of Virginia, will assume the post of Dean of Libraries on Aug. 1.

Clark has extensive experience in library leadership and overseeing library renovations. In his previous position, Clark's oversight for library services included teaching, learning and information services, outreach and research assistance, liaison relationships, digital scholarship and data, space planning, and branch libraries. Clark was involved in designing the renovation of the University of Virginia's historic Alderman Library and was an Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow for 2016-2017.

Prior to his position at the University of Virginia, Clark served as an associate university librarian and associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he was deeply involved in the programing, design and implementation of a $50 million library renovation and addition. He led the effort to reimagine the library services model, expanded the reach of digital media and special collections, and invigorated outreach efforts to academic disciplines. He was a member of the library leadership team when VCU Libraries became the first U.S. library in 15 years to be offered membership in the Association of Research Libraries.

Before his time at Virginia Commonwealth, Clark managed public services at Texas A&M University Libraries, where he earned tenure in 2010. He has extensive experience as a music librarian and served as director of the Wilson Music Library and lecturer of music bibliography at Vanderbilt University. In that role, he co-founded its Global Music Archive, a streaming digital collection of traditional music, and conducted fieldwork in Uganda.

Clark currently serves on the editorial board of Public Services Quarterly and has published the evolving intersections of library services and technology in Library Review, Library Hi-Tech, Performance Measurement and Metrics, Collection Building, and the Journal of Library Administration. Clark holds a master's degree in information and library science from the University of Alabama and a bachelor's degree in music from Samford University.

Carolyn Allen, who served as dean of University Libraries from 2000-2019, will continue her work at the U of A as Special Assistant to the Provost.