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About Elizabeth Curry

Dr. Elizabeth Curry became the dean of the UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library in 2014. She spent ten years as a teacher and administrator in experimental and alternative educational settings before obtaining her Master’s degree in Library and Information Management  from Emory University and her PhD in Communication from the University of South Florida. Dr. Curry’s research interests centered on organizational communication, participatory action research, poetic activism, communicating empowerment, collegiality, and using stories to create meaning.  Her research site was a domestic violence center where she served as a volunteer and then Assistant Director  studying the culture and language of empowerment with the workers.  Previously at the College of Central Florida she was the Dean for Learning Resources including the Library, Learning Support Center, Distance Learning Unit, the Office of Professional Development and the Teaching and Learning Institute. Throughout her career Dr. Elizabeth Curry has been committed to service, innovation and the power of collaboration.  Dr. Curry has over 25 years working in many different types of libraries and library networks. She has  been a consultant and trainer specializing in leadership, staff development, and strategic planning. Dr. Curry pioneered Florida’s highly successful state-wide training project, the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute.  She held positions as Executive Director of SEFLIN – the Southeast Florida Library & Information Network, Marketing Manager for a ten state library network, and Library Development Consultant for the State Library of Florida.  She has been an adjunct instructor for the University of South Florida’s Library School.  Dr. Curry has served on various community boards, held leadership positions with the American Library Association, the Florida Library Association, the Florida Association of College and Research Libraries and the Northeast Florida Library & Information Network.


Present Dean of the Library, University of North Florida

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Florida Library Association, April 2010
  • Chapter in book, Communication Activism voted outstanding text for 2009, National Communication Association
  • CASA Superstar Volunteer Award, 2004
  • Qualified as Doctoral Candidate with Distinction
  • Beta Phi Mu Honor Society
  • Exemplary Service Award, St. Thomas University, 1999
  • Florida Library Association "Recognizing Excellence", 1997
  • Florida Secretary of State's Award of Excellence
  • John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award-Honorable Mention, DeKalb Public Library
  • SELA Outstanding Program of Biennium
  • Florida Library Association Transformer


2005 Ph.D., University of South Florida
1980 MLn, Emory University
1972 BA, Eckerd College

Contact Information

Thomas G. Carpenter Library
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32224


Book Chapters (3)

Published Articles (2)

Conference Papers (5)

Research Works (1)