Texas Tech University

Dean of Libraries

Bella Karr Gerlich, Ph.D.

Bella Karr Gerlich

Photo credit:
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Photo by Todd Paris

Before coming to Texas Tech, Bella Gerlich was dean of Libraries at University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has a BFA from VCU, an MPM from Carnegie Mellon and a PhD from University of Pittsburgh, where she taught MLIS courses.

As Dean, she directed Alaska's academic research library, advised rural campus libraries and fostered state, national and international partnerships. Gerlich wrote and presented on various topics, including her READ Scale, which records effort, knowledge, skill and teaching during reference transactions. She served on the Alaska Library Network board and Governor's Advisory Council on Libraries. Bella enjoys mentoring opportunities, building relationships and collaborating campus-wide and with the community at large.