Kristine Brancolini is the dean of the Library, a position she has held since 2006. She arrived at Loyola Marymount University just as the planning began for a new library, which was an exciting opportunity for both library staff and the entire university. The William H. Hannon Library opened in the summer of 2009 and has since been the hub of intellectual and cultural activity on campus.
Dean Brancolini is committed to creating a user-centered library — an environment that honors the past but embraces the future by providing exemplary library services and access to outstanding collections in all formats. She leads an innovative and accomplished team of librarians and library staff members who help provide direct research and learning support to faculty and students.
Dean Brancolini has published widely in the field of library and information science, including media librarianship and digital library development. Her current research interests focus on continuing education for academic and research libraries, specifically the development of research skills and productivity, research self-efficacy and research networks. She is co-director of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, a three-year federally-funded program (2013-16) to train and support academic and research librarians who are novice researchers.
Dean Brancolini came to LMU from Indiana University in Bloomington, where she held a number of positions for over 22 years. In her last position, she served as the director of a joint library-IT digital library program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Scripps College and a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University. She also completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Education at Indiana University.