Biography: Julia M. Rholes
Dean of Libraries
Julia M. Rholes was appointed Dean of Libraries of the University of Mississippi in June 2003. Prior to coming to the University, Rholes held administrative positions at the University of Kansas (interim dean, assistant dean) and at Texas A&M University (interim assistant dean, Head of Reference and Instruction). She received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. from the University of Texas (Austin), and an M.L.S. from Rutgers University.
The Dean leads efforts to develop distinctive research collections and innovative library services and programs. Dean Rholes is responsible for providing leadership, planning, and oversight for approximately 60 fulltime library faculty and staff for the University Libraries, including the J. D. Williams Library, the Science Library and the Library Annex, a remote storage facility for archival materials and low use circulating collections. Other expectations of the dean are to oversee the budget and be actively involved in the ongoing development of external funding sources.
Ms. Rholes has been active in a number of professional organizations. She has held elected positions within the American Library Association, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries and the EPSCOR Science Information Group (ESIG). In 2002 she was named a Frye Institute Fellow and has authored a number of publications in the field of academic librarianship.