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Danuta A. Nitecki

Dean of Libraries, Professor

Information Science

Dr. Nitecki's primary research interests focus on library metrics and use in management, library as place, and academic library service models. She is currently focusing on her new assignment as Dean of Libraries, but expects to teach in the future in areas related to academic libraries services, research methods and management. Dr. Nitecki's professional experience includes administrative positions in large academic research libraries, publishing, teaching in both classroom settings as well as online professional development programs. Prior to coming to Drexel, Dr. Nitecki has held administrative positions in libraries of the Universities of Tennessee, Illinois, Maryland and Yale. Prior teaching experiences include graduate courses in library research methods and evaluation at universities in US and Parma Italy, and professional online series through ARL.


  • PhD, University of Maryland College Park, Library and Information Science
    • [dissertation: An Assessment of the Applicability of SERVQUAL Dimensions as Customer-Based Criteria for Evaluating Quality of Services in an Academic Library. 1995]
  • MS, Univerity of Tennessee, Knoxville, Communications
  • MS, Drexel University, Library Science
  • BA, Senior Honors, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Art History

Research/Teaching Interests

Library metrics and use in management, library as place, and academic library service models

Select Publications

  • Modeling information diffusion in university libraries: managing peer engagement as a complex dynamic system [co-authored with W. Michael Johnson] Proceedings of Reinventing Libraries, Reinventing Assessment Innovative Practices and Ideas that Challenge the Status Quo. City University of New York, 2014 [in press]
  • Exploring the cause and effect of library value [co-authored with Eileen G. Abels] Performance Measurement and Metrics. 14:1, 2013, 17-24
  • Viewing Library Metrics from Different Perspectives: Inputs, Outputs, and Outcomes. [co-authored with Robert E. Dugan and Peter Hernon] ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara CA. 2009
  • Library Off-site Shelving: Guide for High-Density Facilities. [co-authored with Curtis Kendrick. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc. 2001

Grant Awards

  • Davis Educational Foundation grant, Collections-Based Learning and Teaching at Yale [$299,600].2005
  • Getty Foundation grant, Yale University Library’s Electronic Library Initiatives (ELI) Program to assess the impact of utilizing digital images both on teaching of American Studies, and on library service support. [$250,000].2002

Awards & Recognition

  • 2010 Best Book in Library Literature, Greenwood Publishing Group, American Library Association
  • 2010 Award for Excellence, Outstanding Paper, Emerald Literati Network
  • 1995 Association of College and Research Libraries. Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship award [ALA and ISI]
  • 1996 Association for Library and Information Science Education. Doctoral Dissertation Award Professional Activities and Associations
  • American Library Association, life member; Council member; Reference and Adult Services Division [president,], Machine-Assisted Reference Services, [chair]
  • Second White House Conference on Library and Information Services, Maryland Professional delegate
  • American Society for Quality, member
  • Society of College University Planners, member [Liaison from ACRL]
  • Beta Phi Mu, Kappa Tau Alpha, Phi Beta Phi