Mary “Maggie” Farrell Named Dean of University Libraries

Jun. 12, 2017


Campus community, 

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is pleased to announce that Mary “Maggie” Farrell has accepted UNLV’s offer to become the next dean of University Libraries, effective this August. I want to again thank Patty Iannuzzi for her incredible leadership as dean of university libraries the past 12 years, and search committee chair Kate Korgan, members of the committee, and everyone who participated in the process. 

Maggie has extensive experience in library science with an impressive list of accomplishments, including having served as dean of libraries at two nationally recognized universities. We are eager to bring her innovative leadership to UNLV.

She most recently served as dean of libraries at Clemson University, overseeing a $17 million budget with five facilities since 2015. Prior to Clemson, she was dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming for 13 years, and was associate dean of libraries at Montana State University for six years before that.

She holds master’s degrees in public administration and library science from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona respectively. She earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Maggie is not new to UNLV. She was head of government publications at the James R. Dickinson Library from 1993 to 1995. 

She intends to expand University Libraries’ contributions to knowledge by growing special and digital collections and collaborating with libraries across the community.

“Our students and faculty are the priority for University Libraries,” she said. “But UNLV is not an island, and as UNLV is supporting economic development and strengthening other aspects of the community, our libraries will follow that lead.”

UNLV University Libraries is ranked the 15th most productive library for academic research in the nation, according to a new study published in the May issue of College and Research Libraries. As dean of University Libraries, Maggie will oversee a staff of 136, a budget of more than $20 million and five facilities – the Lied Library, Architecture Studies Library, Music Library and Teacher Development and Resources Library, and the Health Sciences Library.

Please join us in welcoming Maggie back to UNLV.