Robert A. Seal
Dean of Libraries
In October 2005, Robert A. Seal was named Dean of Libraries at Loyola University Chicago. Responsible for all facets of the University's library system, including services, collections, and facilities, Mr. Seal is focused on improving each category, and reaching his ultimate goal, which is to provide a first-class library program for all members of the Loyola community. Loyola's state-of-the-are Information Commons, designed and planned under his leadership, opened in January 2008.
Mr. Seal comes to Loyola from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas where he was a very successful leader of the school's library since 1994. During his 11 years of leadership, he served as an effective manager, strategic planner, and fundraiser for the library. Mr. Seal transformed the traditional library environment with the creation of an information commons that has been a model for other libraries across the country. He also played key roles in a number of campus-wide projects, including the TCU core curriculum revision and the university's re-accreditation self-study. In addition, Seal has held leadership positions at several other university libraries, including the University of Texas-El Paso, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Virginia.
Mr. Seal holds the Master of Library Science from the University of Denver and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy at Northwestern University. He has published more than 25 publications and numerous papers on a variety of subjects that include library science, information commons, library administration, as well as cooperative library programs in Latin America. He is also active in national and international organizations such as the American Library Association, the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and OCLC, Inc.