Professor of Practice and Organization Development Consultant, Maureen Sullivan Associates
Maureen Sullivan, named interim dean of SLIS in January 2013, is an organization development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has more than thirty years of experience as a consultant on organization development, strategic planning, leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, organization and work redesign, establishment of staff development and learning programs for today's workplace, creating a work environment that supports diversity, revision of position classification and compensation systems, and the identification and development of competencies. Her experience includes twelve years as the human resources administrator in the libraries at the University of Maryland (1977-1980) and at Yale University (1983-1991).
Her presidency of the 60,000+ strong American Library Association is the culmination of a long career of service to the profession. Sullivan is a past president (1998-1999) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), where she helped establish the Leadership Institute for Academic Libraries in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is now a member of the faculty for this annual program. Sullivan was president of the Library Administration and Management Association for the 1988-89 term. She has had a long association with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and was instrumental in the design and delivery of several of ARL's management training programs. In 1999, she received the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award from the American Library Association and, in 2010, was named the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year by ACRL.
Sullivan received her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland in 1974 and her master's degree in library science from the University of Maryland in 1976. She has been a member of the SLIS faculty for the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions (MLIP) doctoral concentration since 2006.