Dean of the University Library
University of San Diego
Dr. Theresa S. Byrd is Dean of the University Library at the University of San Diego. She was previously the Chief Information Officer and Director of Libraries at Ohio Wesleyan University and Director of Learning Resources at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Virginia. Dr. Byrd has extensive experience in the higher education milieu and academic libraries.
Dr. Byrd was recently elected to the OCLC Board of Trustees. She serves on the American Library Association’s Committee on Accreditation, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Library Services to Multicultural Populations Committee, the Center for Research Libraries’ Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance Board. She is a past member of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Steering Committee. Dr. Byrd chaired the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) Board. Her extensive consortial experience includes service as Chair of the Virtual Library of Virginia Steering Committee, the Richmond Academic Library Consortium, and the Ohionet Board, as well as membership and committee service in OhioLINK. Dr. Byrd served twice on the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Board of Directors and on numerous ACRL committees. She was instrumental in developing the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.
Dr. Byrd is as a speaker, panelist, and facilitator at professional conferences. Her current research interest include academic libraries and emotional intelligence, mentoring, and diversity.
Dr. Byrd holds an Ed.D. from the University of Virginia, a M.Ed. from Virginia Commonwealth University, a M.L.S. from North Carolina Central University, and a B.A. from Shaw University.