Following a national search, Josh Petrusa has been named Dean of the Libraries at Butler University. Petrusa has served as Associate Dean at Butler Libraries since Fall 2010. Over that time he has worked to strategically update collections and spaces, with a focus on expanding online resource accessibility, and growing Digital Commons, Butler’s institutional repository.
Serving on the Libraries’ Leadership team, he oversaw library budgets, updated positions to meet evolving needs, and planned renovations for all library spaces. He has served on numerous campus committees and has chaired statewide committees for the Academic Libraries of Indiana, the Indiana State Library, and Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI).
Nationally, he has served on committees for the Association of College & Research Libraries, and presented at ALA, LITA Forum, and ER&L among other conferences. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at DePaul University, majoring in Media Studies, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and worked at DePaul University and Norwich University before joining Butler. Josh has been leading the Butler Libraries in an interim role since last December.
Special thanks to Jordan College of the Arts Dean Lisa Brooks for leading the search, our search consultants from BT Consulting Group for their work, and the following committee members for their service on the committee:
- Susan Adams, Associate Professor and Faculty Director of Diversity, College of Education
- Joel Atkinson, Assistant Professor, Information Commons Librarian, Butler University Libraries
- Oscar Beltran Perez, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
- Vanessa French, Associate Professor, Collections Strategy Librarian, Butler University Libraries
- Tom Janke, Director, Center for Academic Technology
- Annette Muyumba, Collections and User Services Associate, Butler University Libraries
- Brandon Signorino, Administrative Supervisor, Butler University Libraries
- Teresa Williams, Associate Professor, Business Librarian, Butler University Libraries