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MORGANTOWN, WV -

Jon E. Cawthorne, associate dean for public services and assessment at Florida State University Libraries, has been selected as dean of libraries at West Virginia University. 

Cawthorne will begin his new position March 17. He currently manages assessment, services and staffing in Strozier, Dirac Science and Engineering libraries and leads a writing institute for librarians and staff called "Braggin' Writes." 

He recently completed his Ph.D. dissertation, "Viewing the Future of University Research Libraries through the Perspectives of Scenarios," and is working on a guidebook for libraries on the process of scenario planning.

Cawthorne is co-principal investigator on two national Andrew Mellon Foundation grants. One explores new library service models and the other investigates the competencies needed to support digital scholarship in leading international universities. He is scheduled to travel to Brazil, China, the U.K. and Japan this year.

He has consulted on creating underrepresented minority internships in research libraries and has published articles on diversity, shared leadership and the importance of outreach. 

Prior to his current position, Cawthorne worked at Boston College Libraries, San Diego State and Detroit Public Library and participated in Association of Research Libraries' Research Library Leaders Fellows Program, UCLA Senior Fellows and the Frye Leadership Institute. 

He has a bachelor of arts degree in English and radio communication from Evergreen State College and a master of library science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.

The WVU Libraries has an annual budget of more than $14 million, more than half of which is committed to maintaining and adding to the collection, and houses the West Virginia and Regional History Center. 

Robert Jones, dean of WVU's Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, led the search committee that chose four candidates from a pool of applicants to visit campus in late 2013.

Executive search firm Greenwood-Asher aided the university with the search.

Myra Lowe, a longtime WVU librarian and administrator, has been serving as interim dean of libraries since early 2012.