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Anne Liebst

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has hired a new director to oversee its Boreham Library.


Anne Liebst, formerly the discovery and access coordinator for the Ottenheimer Library at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been named the new director of library services at UAFS. Her start date was March 13.


As director, Liebst will oversee the planning, implementing, directing and evaluating of all services provided by the library. Additionally, she will develop, manage and maintain the library’s print and non-print collections supporting the academic and research programs of the university, develop policies, procedures and evaluation strategies for building and managing collections, while strategically analyzing the needs of the student body.


In her previous role, Liebst provided vision and leadership for discovery and access to library and archive materials, assisted in developing and maintaining vision, strategy, policies and standards, and collaborated with colleagues at UALR to ensure a responsive, leading-edge digital library program.


She said she was excited to assume the role.


“I believe that all academic libraries are at the heart of the university’s campus, and I am excited to start my position as director of library services at UAFS,” Liebst said.


Liebst earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in library and information management from Emporia State University. 


Liebst replaces Bob Frizzell, who retired from UAFS Dec. 31.


About the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is the premiere regional institution of Western Arkansas, connecting education with careers and serving as a driver of economic development and quality of place in the greater Fort Smith region. Through a small campus, dedicated professors, and the university’s unique bond with its community, students at UAFS are able to do more in the areas they are passionate about, both on- and off-campus, in a way that prepares them for post-graduate success. To find out how you can do more at UAFS, visit


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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