Dr. Alan Bearman, Ph.D.
Dean of University Libraries & the Center for
Student Success and Retention
Dr. Alan Bearman became the Interim Dean of Libraries at Washburn University in January 2008, and immediately convened a strategic planning process that determined a new set of priorities for the Libraries. Bearman moved the Washburn Libraries away from a collection centric model of operations towards a user focused model. After a national search in 2010, Bearman was appointed as the permanent Dean of University Libraries and continues to lead them as in an Engaged model of Librarianship, one in which the University Libraries exist to teach Information Literacy and promote the learning and scholarship of both faculty and students.
Dr. Bearman sees Libraries as propagators of active learning and the place where students develop their scholarly identity and he has led the Washburn Libraries in their reclaiming their historic role as the heart or Public Square of the institution, where students turn to shape their academic success beyond the classroom.