Dean Adrian Alexander awarded Outstanding Alumnus Award from UNT

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Photograph of Adrian AlexanderThe University of North Texas (UNT) College of Information Alumni Society has awarded Adrian Alexander, R.M. and Ida McFarlin Dean of the Library at The University of Tulsa, its 2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award for his exceptional contributions to the field.

Alexander was honored at the 2010 Alumni Dinner in conjunction with the Texas Library Association Conference on April 15th in San Antonio, Texas. He was chosen for his distinguished contribution to the information field through his numerous awards, publications and years in the profession.

Adrian Alexander serves as TU’s first R.M. and Ida McFarlin Dean of the Library and came to TU in February 2007. During his tenure, McFarlin has opened a new technology wing to expand its services to students and faculty while affirming the library’s role as the university’s academic town square. He also played a pivotal role in several key acquisitions by Special Collections, including the McCormack Photographic Archive.

Prior to serving as dean, Alexander was the first executive director of the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a non-profit consortium representing 31 academic research libraries. In his nine years at GWLA, he organized and managed a variety of collaborative library projects, including cooperative collection development, electronic database licensing, digital library development and interlibrary loan. A somewhat non-traditional career path also has included 13 years on the commercial side of the information industry, in a variety of sales, sales management and marketing management roles with a major serials subscription company.

Adrian holds a master’s degree in library science and a certificate of advanced study in academic library administration from the University of North Texas, where he also worked for five years as a reference librarian and in library administration. He currently serves on the Boards of Advisors to the Department of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas.

He has published over two dozen journal articles on a range of topics that include journal pricing trends, intellectual property issues, electronic publishing and management. Adrian has served on the editorial boards of three peer-reviewed library science journals and was a senior fellow in academic library administration at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies in 1999. He also serves on the Board of Advisors at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma and on the Board of Directors of the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR Science Information Group, a consortium of over 50 university libraries in 22 states and U.S. territories.

Alexander was a co-founder of BioOne, Inc., a not-for-profit, electronic publishing enterprise that launched a new scholarly publishing model based on collaboration between scholarly societies and academic libraries. He served on the company’s Board of Directors as treasurer from its incorporation in January 2000 until he left the Greater Western Library Alliance in early 2007. BioOne now provides electronic access to 160 publications, including open access journals, from over 120 publishers.

Alexander is also a professional actor and has been a member of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA) since 2004.

David Hamby