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Colorado School of Mines names Jack Maness as new University Librarian | Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines names Jack Maness as new University Librarian | Colorado School of Mines

Jack Maness has been appointed University Librarian of the Colorado School of Mines.

Maness has been involved in academic library leadership for 20 years and is currently the associate dean for scholarly communications and collection services at the University of Denver Libraries. He will officially start at Mines on August 1.

As university librarian, Maness will oversee the Arthur Lakes Library, providing leadership and vision for advancing the library’s role in supporting research, teaching and learning across campus. His portfolio also includes the Mines Museum of Earth Science, a free cultural institution that attracts 30,000 visitors annually and serves as the state repository for Colorado’s mineral heritage.

“We are delighted that Jack is joining the Mines community as our new University Librarian – he brings a wealth of experience in academic libraries, a strong commitment to cross-institutional collaboration, and a deep appreciation of what makes Mines so special,” said Richard C. Holz, Rector of the Colorado School of Mines“I look forward to working with him and our library and museum team to ensure the continued success and development of the Arthur Lakes Library and the Mines Museum of Earth Science in support of and alignment with the larger mission of Mines.”

At the University of Denver, Maness has been a member of the library leadership team since 2017. In his role as associate dean, he oversaw the people and systems required to provide access to collections and related content at the private R-1 research university, including acquisitions, collection development, cataloging and metadata, archives and special collections, information technology, digitization, scholarly communications, and research data management. He has also been involved in a number of campus-wide projects in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and IT@DU, and was promoted to full professor in 2022.

Before coming to DU, Maness held various positions at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries from 2005 to 2016, all focused on science and engineering. Most recently, he served as director of the Division of Science, where he was responsible for three library branches, their faculty and staff, and collections and services for the university’s science and engineering departments. During his time at CU Boulder, he also received tenure and was promoted to associate professor.

“I’m excited to return to my roots as a science librarian,” Maness said. “Mines is the top-ranked institution in the state and the library has many opportunities to grow with the university. As an institution, Mines is also asking the right questions and I want to be a part of that. Every second we don’t spend thinking about earth, energy and the environment now, we will regret.”

Maness began his library career at the Denver Public Library, working his way up from shelf stacker. He holds a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado Denver.

Maness takes the helm as university librarian from Carol Smith, who left the university last summer after six years to assume the role of dean of libraries at the University of Kansas. Lisa Dunn, director of research and special collections, served as the university’s interim librarian following Smith’s departure.

“Libraries are a fundamental part of a larger infrastructure that supports research, teaching and learning,” Maness said. “On the research side, there are many exciting needs around public access to research results funded by the federal government. On the teaching and learning side, information literacy is more important than ever in an age of misinformation and distrust of institutions. I look forward to working with the great team at Arthur Lakes to find out what works well and where I can build support in cross-campus partnerships.”