John M. Meador, Jr.After a national search, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has named John M. Meador, Jr. its dean of UAB Libraries. Meador will serve as the inaugural dean for this position effective Aug. 5, 2014.

This new role was created in an effort to further increase the quality of service the libraries provide to the university community. Meador will provide leadership as Mervyn H. Sterne Library and Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences combine resources, which will allow for seamless service to faculty and students, more effective management of the libraries’ resources and increased efficiencies in operations as the libraries shift more resources toward its collections and new user services. Together, the libraries have more than 2 million volumes with over 500,000 titles.

“We are thrilled that John is joining UAB,” said UAB Provost Linda Lucas, Ph.D. “He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in library science, exemplary administrative leadership and a strong to commitment to community outreach.”

Meador has a notable history of managing libraries in higher education. He served as both dean of libraries and director of Binghamton University Libraries at Binghamton University, The State University of New York. He was dean of libraries and professor at the University of Mississippi as well as dean of library services and professor at Missouri State University.