Associate Dean and College Librarian at Oxford College, Emory University
Research Interests: Leadership theories; strategic planning; team organization; application of management research in academic libraries; and the library's role in information literacy, assessment, and integration within liberal arts education
Kitty McNeill is the Associate Dean and College Librarian at Oxford College of Emory University. She joined Oxford College in August 1985 as Assistant Librarian. In 1988, she became acting College Librarian and was subsequently appointed as College Librarian in 1989. In 2001, she was named Director of the Library and Assistant to the College Dean for Special Initiatives. In 2005, she was promoted to her current position as Associate Dean and College Librarian. McNeill received her Bachelor of Science degree from Winthrop College in 1980 and her Master of Librarianship from Emory University in 1985.
As head of the Oxford College Library, McNeill collaborates with the directors of the other Emory libraries on cooperative projects such as systems, preservation, electronic resources, and coordination of resources, services, and policies. Current library initiatives include planning for a new Library and Academic Commons facility for the College. Recently, she led the Digital Library Services and Next Generation Systems Strategic Planning Group for the Emory libraries and completed implementation of discoverE, the university's new search and discovery tool for library resources. During 2004-2005, McNeill served as co-director of the Oxford College Strategic Planning Committee that resulted in a comprehensive ten-year plan for the College as a key component of an overall University strategic plan. She also provided human resources leadership for the College including the development and implementation of a Performance Review and Development Process for staff.
McNeill is the former co-chair of the Rothrock Award Committee of the Southeastern Library Association (SELA). She was elected to serve as the 2004-2005 College Library Section Secretary of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). She served on the editorial board of the JCAL: the Journal of Cognitive Affective Learning and has presented and published on information literacy, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and open access electronic journals. She completed the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute in August 2000. She is a 2006 Peabody College Summer Institute for Library Leadership Fellow and is a 2007 Frye Institute Fellow.