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About Stacey Greenwell

For over fifteen years, Dr. Stacey Greenwell has served the University of Kentucky Libraries in several roles, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, Head of the Information Commons (the Hub), and Head of Desktop Support. In January 2017, she began working with the information literacy and assessment department as the Instructional Design Librarian, teaching instruction sessions, providing instructional design support, supporting student success initiatives, and working on research projects, including co-authoring the second edition of Academic Librarianship.

As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research for six years, she was administratively responsible for all public services based in the William T. Young Library (reference, information literacy, information commons, circulation, interlibrary loan, audio-visual services) as well as nine branch locations. Prior to that, for four years she was the Head of the Information Commons (the Hub), a vibrant, collaborative student space which combined a technology help desk and computer lab with traditional library reference services.  She was also the library liaison to the English Department. She began her UK career in Desktop Support, providing technology management and technical consultation to library employees. She has served on numerous committees, most notably as a past chair of the campus Academic Computing Committee and a past chair of the University Libraries Faculty Council. 

Active in the Special Libraries Association (SLA) since 2001, Dr. Greenwell is a member of the Kentucky Chapter and the AcademicInformation TechnologyEducation, and Leadership and Management Divisions. She was inducted into the SLA Fellows in 2009 and was the recipient of the Dow Jones Leadership Award in 2010. She has served the Information Technology Division in a number of roles, including Chair in 2007 and Program Planner in 2005 and was the recipient of the Grieg Aspnes Outstanding Member Award in 2010.  Leading the petition drive to launch the Academic Division in 2008, she was the division's first chair and was the first recipient of the division's Outstanding Member Award in 2011. She has served on a number of association-level committees, including the Centennial Commission, 2010 Annual Conference Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Contributed Papers Committee, Technology Advisory Council, and Professional Development Advisory Council.  She has twice been a candidate for the SLA Board of Directors. She has served the Kentucky Chapter in a number of roles and was the recipient of the chapter’s Outstanding Member Award in 2008 and the chapter’s Professional Award in 2006 and 2013. In 2015 she served as Director on the Leadership and Management Executive Board.

She is participating in other international leadership activities through her involvement on the Program Committee of the 20152016, and 2017 European Conference on Information LiteracyShe is a Standing Committee Member for the Education and Training Section (SET) of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), 2015-2019.

Dr. Greenwell is a 2009 Frye/Leading Change Leadership Institute Fellow and a recipient of the Lyrasis NextGen Librarian Award for Leadership. She has been invited to speak at multiple conferences on library and technology-related topics with recent presentations focused on her dissertation research.  For nearly four years, she wrote about information commons, library, and technology issues on The Uncommon Commons blog.

She has taught an academic libraries course for the iSchools at Syracuse University and the University of Kentucky.

She earned a doctorate from the University of Kentucky's College of Education in Instruction and Administration, Instructional Systems Design. She also holds an MLS and a BA in English. 


Present Librarian, University of Kentucky
Present Adjunct Instructor, School of Information Science, University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information

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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Special Libraries Association Academic Division Member Award, 2011
  • Dow Jones Leadership Award of the Special Libraries Association, 2010
  • Grieg Aspnes Outstanding Member Award for the Information Technology Division of the Special Libraries Association, 2010
  • Frye Leadership Institute Fellow, 2009
  • Fellow of the Special Libraries Association, 2009
  • Lyrasis NextGen Librarian Award for Leadership, 2009
  • Outstanding Chapter Member of the Special Libraries Association Kentucky Chapter, 2008
  • Professional Award of the Special Libraries Association Kentucky Chapter, 2006


  • Academic Libraries

Contact Information

2-1 (north wing, second floor)
William T. Young Library
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506


Dissertation (1)

Book Chapters (1)

Articles (9)

Presentations (40)