New Assistant Vice Provost for Library Services Named

A Message from Provost Tom Murray, PhD

I want to provide some important announcements regarding changes within our Division of Information Technology and Library Services. First, I am extremely pleased to report that we have completed the search for the Assistant Vice Provost for Library Services, and I thank the search committee for their great work.

We are excited to have Elizabeth Kiscaden, an experienced library services leader with more than 12 years in academic and medical settings, joining Creighton University on March 1, 2020, as the Assistant Vice Provost for Library Services.

She will come to Creighton from the University of Iowa, where for the last five years she has been the associate director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the greater Midwest region and, previously, head of library services at the university’s Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. In her role with the network, she oversees the Regional Medical Library, which serves the 10-state region in advancing the progress of medicine and improving public health through access to health information. She also is the administrator for a $10 million grant that supports the Regional Medical Library.

Prior to her tenure at the University of Iowa, she was the library director at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, for two years and the medical librarian at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa, for five years. She holds a master’s degree in library and information sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

As Assistant Vice Provost for Library Services, Elizabeth will direct our library services and lead the development and merger of our undergraduate and health sciences library teams, playing a key role in reimagining the role of libraries and developing partnerships that support cross-disciplinary research, active learning, and scholarly collaboration. She will oversee innovative strategies to strengthen our library collections and resources, and champion a highly intentional complement of student services focused on the acquisition, curation, and transmission of information. She will report directly to me as we separate our library services and IT functions from their current configuration. In her role as Assistant Vice Provost for Library Services, Elizabeth will oversee efforts to improve academic alignment and support of our schools and colleges.

IT services, currently under the leadership of Interim Vice President for Technology Russ Pearlman, will begin reporting to Executive Vice President Jan Madsen. The search for a permanent technology leader takes a big step forward this week with the official posting for a Vice President of Information Technology.

My sincere thanks to all who have assisted in the transitioning and restructuring of our information technology and library services functions, enabling both services to flourish under their new structures.

Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth Kiscaden to our Creighton community. We look forward to the library services leadership she will bring to our campus.