Earnstein Dukes is the Interim Dean of Libraries at the Texas Tech University Libraries. In addition Dukes also is responsible for the supervision of staff responsible for the management of the Library systems. She was a representative from the libraries to the Graduate School on the implementation of ETD's at Texas Tech. She has volunteered as a Court Appointed Advocated (CASA) since 2011 and has been a Mentor with MentorTech since 2002.
Dukes received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) at Northwestern State University in Louisiana. She also holds a Masters of Library Science (MLS) from Clark Atlanta University. She has done additional coursework in Public Administration.
Dukes' professional career began at the University of Memphis where she held positions as Cataloger/Serials Librarian and Assistant Head of Cataloging as well as interim Head of Cataloging. She was also a consultant for information resources with the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis. After leaving the University of Memphis, she accepted a position at the University of Texas at Dallas. While at UTD, Dukes held the positions of Monographs Cataloger and Senior Librarian in charge of Library Automation, where she lead the implementation of the first library management system. After leaving UTD Dukes became Head of Automation at the Fort Worth Public Library for two years. Dukes also worked at the College Center for Library Automation in Tallahassee Florida for nine years, where she held the positions of Library Database Specialist, Database Coordinator and Web Site Coordinator. Ms Dukes returned to Texas in 2002, accepting the position of Systems Librarian at Texas Tech and was later appointed Associate Dean of Libraries, which she has held for the last 11 years.
Dukes was granted tenure in 2007. She has been a member of the American Library Association and the divisions of LAMA and ACRL. As a member of ACRL, she served on the ACRL Professional Development Coordinating Committee. In addition, Dukes is an active member of the Texas Library Association. She served as Secretary/Treasurer of the TLA Digital Libraries Interest Group in 2004-2005, was a member of the TLA Awards Committee in 2012-2013, and was selected as librarian of the month in 2013. She also has been appointed to the TLA Diversity Committee (2013-2016). Dukes served on the AMIGOS Library Services Fellowship Committee. In addition, Dukes has served on numerous committees within the library and on campus.
Dukes was nominated and selected as a Frye Institute participant in 2004 of which only 20% of the applicants who are nominated are invited to participate in the Institute. She also received an IMLS scholarship to attend the Institute. The Frye Institute is aimed at individuals who have a keen interest in issues of information management on campuses and a commitment to serve in leadership positions. The Institute is an intensive two-week residential program and includes participants in higher education from disciplinary faculty, librarians, information technology professionals and administrators. Dukes has also participated in other leadership training.