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Sharon L. Bostick

Dean of Libraries, Illinois Institute of Technology

Sharon L. Bostick

Sharon L. Bostick is Dean of Libraries at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She was formerly Dean of University Libraries at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Director of Libraries at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and has held library positions at the University of Toledo, Wichita State University and Oakland University, all in the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Wayne State University, an AMLS (Library Science) from the University of Michigan, and a BA in English and Counseling from Oakland University in Michigan. She has also worked as an independent consultant for libraries and higher education, focusing on assessment, innovation, and accessibility, and served as a special advisor on international academic library projects. She has written and presented extensively on information-seeking behavior in university students, on academic and library consortia in the United States and on academic library buildings. She created the Library Anxiety Scale, a statistically validated instrument, which is in use worldwide as a diagnostic and research tool. She is co-author of the book "Library Anxiety: Theory, Research and Applications". Her current research interests focus on change and innovation in creative learning environments. Sharon is a member of IFLA's Buildings and Equipment section, is the co-chair of the American Library Association's International Relations Council Europe Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of IATUL.

Term end date: 30 June 2019

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