Library Leadership

Leo Lo, Dean and Professor

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CULLS stands as a beacon of innovation and collaboration, uniquely positioned within the academic landscape. It is the only institution in the nation that unites the strengths of University Libraries, an academic degree-granting unit in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS), and the University of New Mexico Press under one umbrella. This fusion of resources, expertise, and creative energy is unparalleled, offering opportunities that are found nowhere else. As Dean and Professor of CULLS, I am both excited and profoundly honored to lead this dynamic college. My mission is to harness the diverse capabilities of our departments to establish a cutting-edge model that not only distinguishes CULLS as a strategic asset for the university but also empowers our faculty and students to achieve unprecedented success. 

In this era of rapid technological evolution, the opportunities presented by new technologies, particularly Artificial Intelligence (AI), are immense. AI has the potential to transform the way we learn, conduct research, and disseminate knowledge. Our college is poised to play a pivotal role in this transformation. We are committed to exploring the integration of AI and other emerging technologies into our curricula, research initiatives, and library services. This commitment to innovation will prepare our students to lead in a digital future, equip our faculty with the tools to conduct groundbreaking research, and enable the UNM Press to explore new frontiers in publishing.

I also wish to express my deepest gratitude to our dedicated faculty and staff. Their unwavering commitment to excellence has ensured that our college remains a leader in service and access to information. Their adaptability, professionalism, and dedication have been and continue to be the foundation of our success. This is a period of adjustment and growth for all our users, and I am immensely thankful for your understanding and patience as we navigate these changes together. United in our efforts, I am confident that we will not only adapt to the challenges of today but will also shape the innovations of tomorrow.


Leo S. Lo
Dean and Professor 

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About Dean Leo Lo

Leo S. Lo (he, him, his) joined the University of New Mexico as Dean and Professor of the College of University Libraries and Learning Services (CULLS) in September 2021. He oversees over 120 full time faculty and staff and provides leadership for all University Libraries operations, Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS) program, and the UNM Press.  

Previously, Dr. Lo served as Associate Dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campus Libraries at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries (2019 - 2021), Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning at Old Dominion University (2016-2019), Head of McLure Education Library/Associate Professor at the University of Alabama (2014 – 2016), and Research and Development Librarian/Assistant Professor at Kansas State University (2009 -2014).  

Dr. Lo’s primary research interests include open access, higher education management, organization development and leadership. He has presented at prestigious national and international conferences such as the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) National Conference, Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Assessment Conference, Australia Library and Information Association (ALIA) National Conference, and International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML). Dr. Lo has also published in refereed journals such as portal: Libraries and the AcademyCollege and Research LibrariesJournal of Librarianship & Scholarly CommunicationJournal of Library Administration, and Communications in Information Literacy. He has served on the Library Leadership and Management Journal Editorial Board and is currently the Chair of the ACRL College and Research Libraries News Editorial Board.  

Dr. Lo holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in Library and Information Studies degree from Florida State University,  M.A. in Survey Research from the University Connecticut, M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Hollins University, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.  

Mark Emmons, Associate Dean for Administration and Organizational Strategy

Mark Emmons

Mark Emmons (he, him, his) is the Associate Dean and a professor in the College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Emmons has over thirty years of professional experience as an academic librarian, working at Occidental College before accepting a faculty position at UNM. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and his Master of Library Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Doctor of Education at the University of New Mexico.

Professor Emmons is the author of the book Film and Television: A Guide to the Reference Literature and has published extensively about film resources, information literacy and library instruction, and the value of the academic library. He is an active member of the American Library Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Amy Jackson, Associate Dean for University Libraries 

photo of Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson (she/her) is the Associate Dean for University Libraries and a professor in the College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico. She previously held positions of Director of Learning & Outreach Services, Performing Arts & Digital Arts Librarian, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Metadata Technician. Her research interests include library outreach to creative practitioners, and metadata interoperability for digital content. She earned her Master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Master’s degree in Music from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Her publications include Music Research Data Management, Scholarship in the Sandbox, and The Metadata Manual: A Practical Workbook. As a performing artist, Amy studied under Tadeu Coelho, Marina Piccinini, and Mark Sparks. She attended the Aspen Music Festival and was the first place winner of the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, which resulted in a performance of the Mozart Flute Concerto in G with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra in Golden, Colorado.