Joan Ruth Giesecke, dean and professor emeritus of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Libraries, died in Sarasota, Florida, on October 9, 2017, at age 65.
Joan Giesecke joined the UNL Libraries in 1987 as an associate dean, advancing to dean in 1996. From 2012 until her retirement in 2014, she served as special assistant to the chancellor and coordinated campus-wide accreditation efforts. Prior to going to Nebraska, Giesecke was associated with George Mason University Libraries for 10 years.
Giesecke was active in the library profession, teaching several graduate and undergraduate classes and workshops at Simmons College and at Emporia State University. She wrote seven management books. Giesecke served on numerous Association of Research Libraries (ARL) committees, working groups, and task forces, with a focus on leadership, management, and diversity. She was a member of the ARL Board of Directors in 2011–2012.
For her commitment to promoting and supporting diversity in libraries, Giesecke received the American Library Association’s Equality Award in 2011. In 2016 she was recognized as a distinguished alumna by the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies.
Giesecke earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s of library science from the University of Maryland, a master’s in management from Central Michigan University, and a doctorate in public administration from George Mason University.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries are hosting a memorial service on Friday, November 10, 3:00–5:00 p.m., in room 221 of Love Library. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Giesecke’s memory to United Way/Women in Philanthropy or to the Lincoln Food Bank Backpack Program.
For more information about her life and career, see Joan Giesecke’s obituary in Nebraska Today.