Weinberg Memorial Library Dean Named

The University of Scranton named George Aulisio as Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library, effective immediately.
George Aulisio has been named Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton.
George Aulisio has been named Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton.

The University of Scranton has named George Aulisio as of Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library, effective immediately. Dean Aulisio has been serving as the interim dean of the library since July 1, 2021.

 “Since Dean Aulisio joined the University community in 2009, he has been actively involved in multiple aspects of campus life. His internal service is wide-reaching, having served on 40 Library departmental committees and programs, as well as with nearly 40 broader University service projects and committees,” said Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, in an announcement to the University community.

The dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library provides leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of library services to the University, contributing to the Library’s campus-wide focus on transformative teaching and learning in the Ignatian tradition. The dean oversees the library and plays a creative role in fostering a climate conducive to supporting the teaching, learning and scholarship of students, faculty and staff.

At Scranton, Dean Aulisio currently serves on Library Advisory Committee, Friends of the Library Board, Faculty Handbook Committee, the Graduate Programs Council, the Information Security Advisory Council, the Provost’s Committee on Academic Policy and Compliance, the Faculty Personnel Committee and the Strategic Enrollment Council, among others. He previously served on the Hiring for Diversity Working Group and the Faculty Affairs Council Executive Committee, among numerous other committees.

As a research and instruction librarian, Dean Aulisio works closely with students in research consultations and the Information Literacy program. His library scholarship focuses on sustainability and green libraries, open access initiatives, library orientation and instruction, and professional ethics and copyright law. He recently published a book on philosophy collection development for an imprint of the American Library Association, and he has been the editor of the Library Materials and Pricing Index since 2018.

His professional service includes holding elected officer positions on the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Northeast Chapter and the College and Research Division. He also serves in an appointed officer position for the American Library Association. 

Dean Aulisio also regularly teaches philosophy courses and independent studies courses at Scranton. His philosophy scholarship focuses on the philosophy of mind, Descartes’s scientific endeavors and comparative ethics.

Dean Aulisio earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Bloomsburg University. He earned a Master of Science in library and information science from Drexel University and a Master of Liberal Arts in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in philosophy at Temple University.

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