Steven J. Bell named associate university librarian for research and instructional services
Following a national search that began last spring, Temple University Libraries has named Steven J. Bell the associate university librarian for research and instructional services, a new position at the University.
Bell joins Temple from Philadelphia University, where he was the library director. In addition to a master’s degree in library science from Drexel University and a doctorate of education from the University of Pennsylvania, Bell holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Temple.
“Steven is truly a diamond we found in Temple's own backyard,” said Larry Alford, vice provost for libraries and University librarian. “His writings and talks have had a major affect on librarianship in the last decade, and I am excited that he is bringing his experience, expertise, critical thinking, and creative approaches to information access and services to Temple.”
Among his responsibilities, Bell will oversee reference and instructional services, access services, the suburban libraries, the Science and Engineering Library, and a new media services department. Bell will participate in the conception, design and implementation of improved library services. In partnership with faculty members, the head of Paley Library reference and other librarians, he will develop instructional programs to ensure that students graduate with the information skills needed for success in today’s world.
“Steven Bell has a proven track record as a transformational leader in library and information services. Building on the work of a wonderful team of librarians at Temple, he will help us design and implement new leading-edge services to support learning, teaching and research at the University,” Alford said. “With strong financial support from the University administration and the board, Temple's libraries have in the past two years greatly expanded the print and electronic research collections available to the faculty and students.
Steven will help us achieve our goals to make equally important enhancements in the areas of supporting research, teaching information skills, and enhancing the library as a physical and virtual center of intellectual life and scholarly pursuit on the campus.”
In addition to being a noted librarian, Bell is also an accomplished author. He has written a business research handbook and more than 30 articles. Library Journal featured Bell in its “Movers and Shakers of Librarianship” series in 2002, citing his leadership and passion regarding the role of the academic library in the modern, technological world.
“I was excited to be offered this opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to working with Larry and the Temple University Libraries management team, as well as all the staff. I was very impressed by the enthusiasm of the library colleagues I met, and we share a passion for academic librarianship,” Bell said. “There are some really interesting initiatives being planned, and I look forward to contributing to the effort to make the library an even greater resource for the Temple community.”
— Alix Gerz