Lori A. Goetsch has served as Dean of Kansas State University Libraries since May 2004.
Goetsch came to Kansas State after serving as director of the Public Services Division at the University of Maryland's library. She worked at the University of Tennessee from 1993-1997 as head of reference services and as an associate professor; at Michigan State University from 1987-1993 as head and librarian for information-reference, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1982-1985 as assistant reference librarian.
She was selected to attend the Association of College and Research Libraries/Harvard Leadership Institute in 2000. She was chosen for the Michigan Library Association Leadership Academy, received the Michigan State University Libraries Distinguished Librarian Award, and received a National/International Diversity in the Curriculum Grant.
Goetsch is a member of the American Library Association, where she has served as a member of its Academic Division, The Association of College and Research Libraries, and as president of the division from 2009-2010. She also has been a member of the board of directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and on the boards of the Greater Western Library Alliance, the State Library of Kansas and the Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management.
She earned a Master of Library Science from Rosary College, now Dominican University, and master's and bachelor's degrees, both in English, from Illinois State University.