Asst. Dean for External Relations
University of North Texas Libraries
Dreanna Belden, Assistant Dean for External Relations, has been with the University of North Texas Libraries since 2003. She holds an MLS from UNT, and her interests include exploring how digital cultural heritage collections can most effectively be used in education, and working with museums, libraries, and archives to place their historic materials online.
She began her career managing partnerships with the Portal to Texas History’s 190 collaborators. The American Library Association selected Ms. Belden as a participant in its prestigious Emerging Leaders program in 2007. She has been a member of the Texas Association of Museums since 2005, and has served on the Board of Directors for Texas Heritage Online since 2006. She recently completed service as a Chair for the Advisory Board for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s “Train to Share” IMLS funded program. In March, she became the first librarian ever elected to the Council of the Texas Association of Museums.