Michigan State University Announces Joseph Salem Jr. as Director of Libraries

Joseph Salem Jr. has been named to serve as director of Michigan State University Libraries and university librarian. Koya is proud to have led the search, partnering with the Search Committee and the University’s leadership on all aspects of the process.

Following a June 22nd meeting by the Board of Trustees, his appointment was confirmed and will be effective no later than August 1st, 2018.

Prior to joining MSU, Salem has served as the associate dean for learning, undergraduate services and commonwealth campus libraries at Penn State, a role he assumed in 2015. In that role, he has led Penn State’s open and affordable course content program, built the libraries’ assessment effort, developed a programmatic approach to teaching and learning, developed the Diversity Librarian Residency program, created undergraduate internships and graduate assistantships within the libraries and led strategic and space planning.

Salem earned a doctorate in education evaluation and measurement from Kent State University, and holds master’s degrees in  literature and writing; and library and information science from Kent State University. He earned his B.A. in English from Cleveland State University.

Salem was a member of the 2016-17 Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows program and a 2014 Leading Change Institute fellow.

He previously served as head of research and learning services and interim head of access services at the University of Akron Libraries. Prior, he was assistant professor in libraries and media services and head of reference at Kent State University.

Salem has published and presented widely on a variety of topics, including open educational resources, library assessment, teaching and learning and student success.

Read the full initial press release here.