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NMSU appoints Kevin James Comerford as Dean of Library

LAS CRUCES — After a nationwide search, New Mexico State University has selected Kevin James Comerford as the next dean of NMSU library.

Renay Scott, vice president of student success and acting provost of NMSU, announced Comerford’s appointment to the campus on January 14. He will begin his new role on March 15th.

“NMSU has a dedicated team of library staff, and I am honored to join them as the library’s new dean,” said Comerford. “I am also excited to join NMSU now as the university works towards new goals and an expanded role in higher education in New Mexico.”

“Kevin Comerford is a wonderful addition to NMSU,” said Scott. “He brings knowledge and experience of information, museums and libraries that is invaluable. He previously lived and worked in New Mexico and his familiarity with our state and its processes will be an advantage as he leads NMSU’s libraries in the future.”

Phame Camarena, dean of Honors College, chaired the search advisory committee.

“The NMSU Library Search Advisory Committee did an excellent job of screening numerous qualified applicants and helping to recruit our top candidates,” said Camarena.

Comerford holds a Masters of Information Science from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Fine Arts from Texas Christian University. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Texas A&M.

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The new dean brings a wide range of experience in the implementation of extensive resources and programs, projects, teaching and publications.

“In addition to a strong resume in library administration, Kevin Comerford brings some unique digital expertise, industry work and connections to Southwest libraries that make him an exceptional candidate for the position of Dean of NMSU Library,” said Camarena. “He has the background and support to hit the ground running this spring.”

Comerford comes to NMSU from the University of California, Riverside, where he was Associate Associate Librarian for Research, Technology and the Digital Library. His department at the University Library included the Research Services Department, the Creat’R Lab Maker Space, Library Information Technology, Digitization Solutions, Digital Initiatives, and Library Communication Units.

Previously, Comerford was Director of Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication at the University of New Mexico Libraries. He also taught a graduate course in digital information management and was founding chair of the library’s research data services program.

Earlier in his career, Comerford worked at the Dallas Musuem of Art as the museum’s visual resources librarian and IT manager, and then as group manager for media content management at Microsoft Corporation.

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In his academic work, Comerford has placed an emphasis on developing library programs that give students access to new skills and new technologies.

“Academic libraries are well placed to provide innovative resources and services that go beyond the confines of academic programs and benefit all students at the university,” he said.

Comerford said the NMSU library could significantly expand its role in supporting academic success and faculty research over the next few years.

“The library will accomplish this in part by developing strong partnerships and collaborative initiatives, both within the university and outside of the communities,” he said.

An accomplished visual artist, Comerford has exhibited work throughout Texas and the Southwest. He is also an active member of the American Society for Information and Science Technology.

Tatiana Favela writes in the Marketing and Communications department for New Mexico State University and can be reached at extension 575-646-3221. 7953 or email [email protected]

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