As the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services, Erin Ellis will continue IU Libraries long-standing focus on user-center library spaces and services, especially pursuing initiatives that foster experiential learning while empowering students and faculty.
Carolyn Walters, Ruth Lilly Dean of Indiana University Libraries says Ellis’ extensive professional experience and successes at the University of Kansas made her stand out among the many candidates eager to work at one of North America’s largest and strongest public academic libraries. She said, “Erin has a sharp focus on areas of great importance to supporting research and learning. She has an ability to clarify and define key issues within her areas of responsibility in the libraries and in her work at the national level.”
Most recently the Associate Dean of the Research and Learning Division at the University of Kansas Libraries, Erin is a graduate of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows Program and the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. Erin’s research interests include organizational transformation, instructor development and information literacy. She is currently the chair of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Publications Coordinating Committee and a member of the ARL Associate University Librarian Professional Development Working Group.
Joining the IU Libraries senior leadership team in April 2018, Erin is especially looking forward to working with colleagues from all across IU and ensuring the continued support of university research and learning endeavors. “I’m excited to advance the strategic initiatives of the libraries and IU, extend the reach of our librarians and resources, and partner campus-wide to support new and emerging opportunities,” she said.
Also in April, Pete Rhoda joins IU Libraries as the Executive Director of Development, his next step following a successful, nine-year period in Kelley’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations. During his Kelley tenure, Pete served in a variety of positions and leadership roles, securing almost $14M in support.
Pete credits much of his success to a collaborative outlook, something Dean Walters says was an important factor in securing his new role with IU Libraries. She said, “IU Libraries is extraordinarily fortunate to have friends and donors from all areas of the country. They are true partners in our mission who bolster our efforts into outcomes that keep us at the forefront of American academic libraries and archives. Pete can see that we uniquely value our friends, and we trust him to carry our friendships forward.”
Pete is also looking forward to creating new partnerships. Throughout his career, he has had a reputation for collaboration, cultivating strong working relationships with alumni, faculty and staff across campus. At IU Libraries, he will have responsibility for the fundraising programs for all areas, including Wells Library, Lilly Library, Wylie House Museum, Moving Image Archive, University Archives, IU Press, and the campus libraries.
This spring, Pete will be getting to know these units and their supporters, something he is quite excited to begin. He said, “I am grateful for this opportunity. Thanks to some particularly influential mentors, I value an authentic approach to collaboration. My passion is building long-term relationships that strengthen the bond between an organization and its constituency groups. It’s a privilege to serve IU Libraries as part of a terrific team.”