David Stern, who was selected from a talented and distinguished pool of candidates, most recently served as associate dean for Public Services at Milner Library, Illinois State University. Previously, he was the founder and principal of Maximize Information, a firm specializing in advanced information discovery techniques, enhancing organizational communication, collaboration and knowledge management, and leading organizational reviews and project management initiatives to find service quality improvements. He was also the associate university librarian for Scholarly Resources at Brown University and the director of Science Libraries at Yale University.
In addition to his extensive experience, Stern is also an accomplished researcher. His research involves electronic retrieval and transmission of data, focused primarily on scholars’ workstations. He has developed end-user search systems for both local and remote hosts, including a web-based expert systems librarian emulator and the linking of paleobotany full-text material with related museum and researcher databases. He is also working on the development of standards and cost models for federated full-text search and retrieval systems.
His resume and publications include over twenty journal articles and several book chapters. Stern has edited special issues of Science and Technology Libraries entitled Digital Libraries: Philosophies, technical design considerations, and example scenarios andCompetencies for Science Librarians and authored the books Guide to Information Sources in the Physical Sciences and How Libraries Make Tough Choices in Difficult Times: Purposeful Abandonment.
“We are honored and excited to have David join our leadership team and share his vision for the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library,” said Dr. Paul DeVito, provost of Saint Xavier University. “He will bring with him an innovative perspective and broad library and leadership experience.”
Stern has degrees in biological sciences (University of Connecticut), history and philosophy of science (Indiana University) and library science (Indiana University). In addition, he has taught library science graduate courses, serves as a consultant and advisor to a number of professional societies, commercial publishers and online services and is currently the chair of the Virtual Worlds Advisory Council.