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Beth Turcy Kilmarx

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Dean of Libraries
Johnstown, Pennsylvania Area
I am currently the Assistant Dean of Libraries for Assessment, Development and Technical Services at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Univeristy Libraries (IUP). I am responsible for initiating several policy, planning and assessment projects including the creation of the University Libraries Code of Conduct, the University Libraries value assessment, the 2018 LibQUAL+ Survey, the University Libraries 24/5 overnight program assessment, and the University Libraries Strategic Plan for 2019-2022. I have been engaged in several development projects including the establishment of the University Libraries Advancement Council, the creation of an online Adopt-a-Book program and revisions to the University Libraries’ gift webpage and gift policies while improving donor relations and increasing funding and gift-in-kind donations. In Technical Services, I supervise eight staff and faculty members. I have worked to streamline the acquisitions budget, the collections weeding policies and procedures, and have implemented a new damaged books policy. I also provide over-sight to the University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA).
Prior to IUP, I was the Curator of Rare Books in the Special Collections, University Archives, and Preservation department of the University Libraries at Binghamton University (SUNY). I was responsible for the bibliographic control, care, assessment, and preservation needs of the University Libraries’ rare book and manuscript collections, which total more than 135,000 volumes. The collections include American, European, English, Middle Eastern, and Asian imprints, local and regional works, codices, facsimiles, limited editions, and examples of fine printing, bindings, maps, prints, and illustrations. I also curated several historic and literary archives.
I am active in professional organizations and have chaired committees at the international (IFLA), national (ACRL/ALA/RBMS), local (SSHELCO, PaLA), and campus levels. For IFLA, I am the ACRL representative to the Rare Books and Special Collections Section (RBSC). I chair the IFLA RBSC work group charged with creating a set of standards for special collections professionals. I was also a member of the RBMS Task Force that revised the recently adopted Guidelines on the Selection and Transfer of Materials from General Collections to Special Collections.
I continue to present papers, organize conference panels and have served as a conference panel moderator. Recent papers include In-Reach for Outreach: Non-traditional Special Collections Exhibits, ACRL 2019; Bind, Box, Replace or Transfer from the Open Stacks? New Damaged Books Procedures in the IUP University Libraries, SSHELCO 2019; and A Good Lesson Learned: A Special Collections Exhibition Loan Case Study, or What NOT to Do, ALA 2016.
I have over thirty years of experience working with rare books and special collections. I have a well-rounded and strong background in rare book librarianship, exhibits, donor relations, special collections, preservation (library and cultural heritage materials), collection management, archival standards and practices, library instruction, digitization, emergency/disaster training, and creating policies, procedures, and guidelines. I am skilled in working with materials from various time periods and places, from incunabula to born-digital images.