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LSUS Names New Dean of the Noel Memorial Library

November 09, 2016

LSU Shreveport is excited and proud to appoint Brian J. Sherman as the new Dean of the Noel Memorial Library. Sherman previously served as the interim dean of the Noel Memorial Library since 2015.

"Brian Sherman brings significant experience and expertise to our leadership team at the Noel Memorial Library. His passion for serving students, faculty, and the Northwest Louisiana community aligns perfectly with the mission of LSU Shreveport," said Dr. John S. Vassar, Provost at LSUS.

Sherman received his B.A. in education from LSUS in 2001. Four year later, he earned an M.A. in history from Louisiana Tech University, then, in 2007, an M.S. in library and information science from the University of North Texas.

Sherman's career in library science has culminated in over 15 years of experience in academic and public libraries, expertise with a broad range of library services, and eight years as an academic library department head.

He has a combined 13 years' experience working at the Noel Library with roles including circulation, microforms and media, and technical services.

For the last five years he has served as the head of access services and systems where he oversaw all aspects of system hardware and software in the library, provided training for software and electronic resources, and formulated policies and implemented new services.

Before that he served as the head of acquisitions at McNeese State University's Frazar Library in Lake Charles for several years as well as being an adjunct faculty member teaching library science courses.

In his new role at LSUS, Sherman provides oversight of strategic planning, budgeting, staff development, and evaluation of services and personnel, and coordinates the collection development activities of the library.

In addition to serving in various capacities on special LSUS committees, Sherman has a working knowledge of how LSUS operates, and more specifically, how the library contributes to campus and surrounding communities.

He is excited in this new position to lead the university library into the digital age of the 21st century.

"The university library has the unique capacity to offer an intellectual and a social space where students can interact with recorded knowledge in new and collaborative ways," Sherman said. "This collaboration, which is not a foreign concept to libraries, is not exclusive to students. The library facility is becoming a hub for other campus resources in addition to the services which libraries have excelled at such as research assistance and information literacy instruction. I am happy to be serving here at LSUS and creating a stimulating learning environment."

Louisiana State University Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with more than 20 undergraduate degree programs, a dozen master's degree programs (including the new online MBA), and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Studies, as well as over 70 student organizations. LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit

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