Steering Committee

Beth McNeil

Dean of Libraries, Purdue University

Beth McNeil joined Purdue University as Dean of Libraries and School of Information Science and Esther Ellis Professor in 2019. Prior to joining Purdue, she was Dean of Library Services at Iowa State University (2015-2019), held associate dean positions in the libraries at Purdue University (2007-2015) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1996-2007), and began her professional career as an assistant professor and reference librarian (1989-1996) at Bradley University in Peoria, IL.McNeil is conference chair for ACRL 2021, “Ascending into an Open Future.” She has served as chair of the Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and is a past board member of HathiTrust, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She is the author of Fundamentals of Library Supervision (2017, 2010, and 2005) and Core Competencies (2002), and co-author of Advocacy, Outreach and the Nations Libraries: A Call for Action (2010) and Patron Behavior in Libraries: A Handbook of Positive Approaches to Negative Situations (1996), and several journal articles on library management, supervision, and human resources-related topics.

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