COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Amanda Clay Powers, currently associate professor and research department coordinator at Mississippi State’s Mitchell Memorial Library, is being named dean of library services at Mississippi University for Women.
She will assume the position July 18, pending approval by the state Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning. She fills a role held by longtime dean Gail Gunter, who is retiring after 40 years at The W.
Powers holds an undergraduate degree in English literature from Wellesley College and a master’s of library and information science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, Mass. She has held positions at MSU, MIT Libraries and Bantam Books, among others.
“Ms. Powers brings innovative ideas and an outstanding academic and professional background to this position, and we look forward to her leadership as dean,” said Dr. Thomas Richardson, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are grateful to Dean Gunter for her leadership as the facility has undergone renovation to prepare for the future,” he said.
At MSU, Powers has held a number of library roles, including virtual reference project manager, general reference and departmental liaison, chair of the Libraries Social Media Management Committee, as well as her current position.
She is an advisory board member of the Virtual Archives for Land-Grant History, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; past chair and secretary of the Virtual Reference Discussion Group of the American Library Association; and past president of the Mississippi Library Association. In 2010, she was awarded the MLA’s Past President’s Award for outstanding early career librarian.
Powers has published and presented widely on topics that include reference services, virtual reference, social networking and new media.
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June 22, 2016
Contact: Maridith Geuder