"We are extremely pleased to have Kenning join us," said MSU Provost Martha Potvin. "He is a highly skilled administrator who will continue to move our library into the 21st century and beyond."
Arlitsch has been an associate dean for IT Services of the J. W. Marriott Library at the University of Utah since 2007 where he leads a team responsible for IT and digital library development, including digitization, programming, ILS, website development, intranet, and systems administration.
"I am honored and humbled that Montana State University has chosen me to lead its library and to be part of the university's leadership team. I have been impressed by the accomplishments of the staff and faculty at MSU and look forward to seeking innovative ways to integrate the library into MSU's education, research, and engagement mission," Arlitsch said.
His professional library experience includes serving as the head of Information Technology, head of Digital Technologies and Technology Instruction Librarian. Arlitsch has completed a sabbatical with the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC, Inc.) and he has worked at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, as a USIA/ALA International Fellow. In 2009, he was among the "Movers and Shakers" named by Library Journal.
His scholarship is often cited and his recently funded research interests focus on search engine optimization for digital repositories. Arlitsch founded the multi-state Mountain West Digital Library and the Utah Digital Newspapers, and co-founded the Western Soundscape Archive and the Western Waters Digital Library, a program of the Greater Western Library Alliance.
Arlitsch holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor's degree in English literature from Alfred University.
Arlitsch rose to the top of a pool of 18 candidates who applied for the position. Twelve candidates were interviewed in June, and three were invited to campus for interviews. Arlitsch replaces Tamara Miller, who retired from MSU on June 30.
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