Kristina Keogh has been named the new dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library on the USF St. Petersburg campus. Keogh comes to USF after serving as Director of Library Services at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL for the past six years.
“I am honored and excited to have this opportunity to be Dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library and to join the USF St. Petersburg campus community,” said Keogh. “I was impressed by the people I met during the interview process who are doing great work, and I look forward to supporting that work and using the resources available at USF Libraries to help faculty, students, and staff better.” opportunities to offer.”
Keogh has over 15 years of librarianship experience, including over seven years in managerial and administrative roles of increasing responsibility. She also has extensive experience in public service, outreach, programming, grants and planning in academic libraries at both public and private research and teaching institutions.
As Head of Library Services at Ringling, Keogh helped plan, transition and then manage the new Alfred R. Goldstein Library, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2016. She managed the library’s facilities, services, budget and operations, including strategic and long-term planning. During her tenure, Keogh refocused existing ones and created new positions that better supported the evolving role that libraries play in higher education institutions, including in the areas of instruction, assessment, and special collections and archives.
“Throughout my career, I have focused on having the library as part of the educational process to foster student success,” she said. “It’s often in the library that students go to find answers. By providing a customer-centric experience, we can help students find the tools and information they need to support their academic journey.”
Keogh oversaw and mentored five faculty librarians and eight full- and part-time staff who performed library services and managed access to the collections at Ringling, and campaigned for various candidates who reflected the local student and community population.
Keogh also worked to increase retention of faculty and staff from underrepresented communities at Ringling College of Art and Design, and worked with librarians, faculty and the student union to establish a Student Library Advisory Committee that would provide a representative voice for students in the Library prioritized to inform decisions about facilities, collections, and services that impact educational and professional goals.
“Kristina impressed the selection committee with her experience, her focus on student and faculty success, and her goal to transform the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library as a place for experimentation and innovation while bringing scholars and the community together,” said Kaya van Beynen, deputy Dean of Research and Teaching at USF Libraries and Chair of the Selection Committee. “The library has always been the heart of the university, serving the entire USF community and providing access to information for the entire USF community. With Kristina’s passion for learning and innovation, we will ensure we remain a welcoming place where learning is fun.”
Prior to her position at Ringling College, Keogh was director of the Fine Arts Library at Indiana University Bloomington. In this role, she was responsible for the administration and direction of the library, with a focus on supporting traditional and emerging research practices and learning support for students and faculty. During this time, she also served as the director of the Art Librarianship Specialization and Dual Degree Program, where she provided vision and mentored current and prospective students in the program.
Keogh earned a Bachelor of Science in Art History from the University of Central Florida and a Masters in Art History from the University of Florida. She then earned a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and a PhD in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University.