UMES names Dean of Library Services
PRINCESS ANNE - (Feb. 11, 2011) – Dr. Ellis B. Beteck is the new dean of library services at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Early in his career, Beteck served as the coordinator of public services at the Frederick Douglass Library on campus for six years. But he decided to leave the university so he could gain more experience in the field.
“Now, I’m back at UMES with a lot of experience and enthusiasm,” he said. “I’m excited to take the library to the next level.”
Beteck is the former interim director of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University in Washington, D.C. There, he was responsible for providing vision and strategic leadership for the development of innovative programs to support the research, teaching and service mission of the Division of Health Sciences.
Beteck also spent time at the U.S. Agency for International Development's library as its deputy manager.
“Librarianship involves organization, research, instruction, service and lifelong learning – attributes that I find in my personality,” he said. “Over the years, I’ve found that librarianship as a career was a perfect fit for me and I have never looked back.”
Beteck – who grew up in Mamfe, Republic of Cameroon, in Africa – completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Calabar in southeastern Nigeria, before earning a Master of Public Administration at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga. Afterward, he enrolled at Clark Atlanta University, where he earned a Master of Science in library and information studies and a doctorate in international affairs and development.
An accredited member of the American Library Association, Beteck has more than 17 years of professional experience in library services. He has contributed to the profession as a member of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries' assessment and statistics committee and through his service as a contributing selector to Doody’s Core Titles in the Health Sciences for the past seven years.
As dean of library sciences at UMES, Beteck is responsible for strategic planning for the library, ensuring Frederick Douglass Library provides resources and services, which support the university's educational, research, cultural and public service objectives.
“Keeping up with the emerging technology in libraries is one of my most critical challenges,” he said. “I intend to identify and develop information technologies and integrate those technologies with traditional library collections and services.”
Beteck also intends to provide the necessary leadership for significant library fundraising initiatives. He says he wants to see an increase in electronic resources at the library.
“It will be especially useful for those who may not have the time to come in or just prefer working from home or offices,” he said. “I want to make sure the UMES community is aware of all the library has to offer.”
Candice Latshaw, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-6669, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Robinson, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, email@example.com.