Marilyn Moody named new head librarian at Portland State University
Author: Suzanne Pardington, University Communications
Posted: May 25, 2012


Following a national search, Portland State University has appointed Marilyn Moody, dean of the library at Boise State University, as PSU’s new University Librarian. 

Moody, who has more than three decades of experience in academic library administration, will lead the PSU Library as it continues to adjust to technological advances and support PSU’s academic programs.

“Libraries are among the fastest changing institutions within universities, and Marilyn has a successful record of partnering in the development of academic and research programs and building strong relationships with faculty,” said Provost Roy Koch. “She will be a significant partner in Portland State’s growing success as an urban university.”

As more materials are available electronically, the PSU Library and other university libraries across the country are reconfiguring some of their physical space more for student and faculty support services and group study spaces and less for the on-site storage of books, journals and other printed research materials. The PSU Library continues to grow its electronic repositories for data, research and other academic work and make them accessible to people around the world. 

“I am excited to be assuming the position of University Librarian at Portland State,” Moody said. “I have been impressed with the vibrancy of the University and the dedication of the library faculty and staff. I am looking forward to working with the campus community on library initiatives to enhance student success, support teaching and learning, and provide increased access to scholarly and research materials.”

Moody replaces PSU’s last University Librarian, Helen Spalding, who retired in 2010. Lynn Chmelir and Adriene Lim each served a year in the position on an interim basis. Moody’s first day will be Aug. 27.   

Before joining Boise State in 2006, Moody served in administrative positions in the libraries at the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of Buffalo; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York; and Iowa State University. She is the co-author with Jean L. Sears of three editions of the reference work “Using Government Information Sources.” She has a master’s degree in library science and a bachelor’s degree in teaching social studies, both from the University of Illinois.