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A New Director for Paul Robeson Library

November 22, 2017
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Regina Koury will join Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University-Camden on January 16, 2018.

Add this to reasons we are grateful this Thanksgiving!

We are happy to announce that Regina Koury has accepted the position of director of Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University–Camden effective January 16, 2018.

In this position, Koury will provide leadership for all aspects of library service and foster a strong sense of community service and commitment to diversity on campus and with other Camden institutions, in particular the Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch of the Camden County Library System collocated with Robeson Library. As a member of the Libraries’ senior management team, Koury will play a key role in developing systemwide priorities and infrastructure. She will also be an active member of the Rutgers–Camden community, working closely with key stakeholders including the chancellor, provost, and deans to ensure that Robeson Library continues to contribute to the mission and success of the university.

“It is a particular honor to have been selected as director of Paul Robeson Library,” Koury said. “I look forward to working with excellent library staff, students, and faculty; to continue expanding outstanding library services, collections, and spaces; and to collaborating on existing and new initiatives in support of the Rutgers–Camden community.”

Koury comes to Rutgers from Idaho State University, where, as assistant university librarian for discovery and resource services, she oversaw a team responsible for all operations relating to cataloging, discovery services, electronic resources, government documents, serials, and systems. An experienced leader and administrator, Koury led planning and policymaking procedures for her department and contributed to librarywide administration, budgeting, and strategic planning functions. As a librarian, she is actively committed to instruction, scholarship, and service, publishing and presenting on topics including information literacy, diversity, and academic librarianship while serving on library, university, and national committees.

“Regina brings to this position the knowledge of an experienced librarian, the tact of an accomplished administrator, and the creativity of an expert community leader,” said Krisellen Maloney, vice president for information services and university librarian. “Her tremendous vision and commitment to innovation and diversity will prove invaluable to the Libraries and to Rutgers–Camden as a whole.”

Koury holds a master’s degree in instructional technology from Idaho State University, a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in foreign language teaching from Tomsk State Pedagogical University in Tomsk, Russia. She succeeds Gary Golden, who retired from the position in 2016 after 30 years of service to the university, and Katie Elson Anderson, who served thereafter in an interim role.

“The members of the search committee are delighted to have Regina Koury join the Rutgers team,” note search committee cochairs Kris Lindenmeyer, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University–Camden, and John Maxymuk, reference librarian and head of public services at Robeson Library. “Her experience, talent, and enthusiasm are tremendous assets that will continue to help Rutgers–Camden thrive.”