Lori Goetsch, Dean of Libraries

Lori A. Goetsch

Dean of Libraries




Job Description

Dean Goetsch leads K-State Libraries in its mission to elevate academic success as an integral partner in research, learning, and discovery.

She is the chief administrator for the University Libraries, including Hale Library Math/Physics Library, and Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning and Design.

Dean Goetsch is responsible for the successful administration of the libraries in accordance with the policies and procedures of Kansas State University.


Dean Goetsch has served K-State Libraries since August 2004. Previously, she was director of the public services division at the University of Maryland's library, head of reference services and associate professor at University of Tennessee, women’s studies bibliographer and head and librarian for information-reference at Michigan State University, and assistant reference librarian at University of Illinois at Chicago.


Dean Goetsch’s published work covers a range of topics, including the importance of library safety and security, the impact of librarians on students, faculty and staff and their accomplishment of the libraries’ missions, as well as the status of women in librarian positions in relevance to sex discrimination in employment.



  • National/International Diversity in the Curriculum Grant Recipient

  • Michigan State University Libraries Distinguished Librarian Award Recipient

  • Chosen for the Michigan Library Association Leadership Academy

  • Selected to attend the Association of College and Research Libraries/Harvard Leadership Institute in 2000

  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville Career Enhancement Award recipient

  • Senior Fellows Program member at Long Island University

  • Michigan State University Libraries Distinguished Librarian Award recipient


MLS: Library Science
Rosary College (Dominican University), River Forest, IL
May 1982

MS: English
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
May 1977

BS: English
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
May 1975