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Library Leadership Changes

by Steve Wilson on 2024-04-26T11:27:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

 Ruth Riley

Ruth Riley, Assistant Dean for Executive Affairs and Director of Library Services, has announced her retirement effective June 3, 2024. Ruth has served as the Director of Library Services since 2000 and as Assistant Dean for Executive Affairs since 2012. Ruth has shown distinguished leadership in both her roles while serving as a leader in national and regional library associations. She has served as president of the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries, chair of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association and chair of the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries. 

As Director of Library Services, Ruth has built a top-notch library with a team of librarians and staff who are exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable and actively participate in training students and faculty in multiple teaching and research venues. Throughout her tenure she has guided the medical library through a significant renovation, led the expansion of the Library’s endowment through the creation of a Library Circle of Friends group, and worked with Dr. Charles Bryan to establish and curate the Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room. Ruth has also provided leadership for multiple SOM initiatives in her role as assistant dean for executive affairs.

Congratulations to Ruth on such a productive and distinguished career and wishing her the best in the coming years.


Roz McConnaughy

Roz McConnaughy, a SOM Library faculty member since 2001, has been named as the Interim Director of Library Services, effective May 1, 2024. She will continue in her role as the Library’s Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, which she has held for the past 19 years, while serving in the interim role. During her time as Assistant Director, Roz has very successfully coordinated the Library’s course-integrated educational programs and library classes. She has provided exemplary leadership in the development of customized instructional materials, including 36 interactive, web-based tutorials and multiple virtual escape rooms. She also coordinates the Library’s outreach to health professionals and consumers, including the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) Library and outreach grant projects. 

Roz is currently active in the SOM Faculty Budget Committee and the LCME Self-Study Medical Education/Curriculum (Standards 6-9) Subcommittee. In recent years, she has provided substantial contributions to SOM committees related to medical education, including serving on the Leadership Team of the Curriculum Innovation Task Force, the LCME Standard 6.3 Self-Directed Learning Working Group, the SOM Program Objectives Work Group, the Distributed Curriculum Subcommittee of the SOM Curriculum Committee, and the USC Steering Committee for Interprofessional Education.

Congratulations to Roz as she assumes this interim leadership role.

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