Frank D’Andraia
Service Professor

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department: Information Studies

DR 141A



Senior Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Library & Information Science, 1993

Advance Study, University of Michigan, School of Information, Ann Arbor, MI, 1985

M.S. Library Science, Simmons College, Boston, MA, 1975

M.A. History, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1974

B.S. Secondary Education/History, University of Massachusetts, Boston (Boston State College), 1969

Research Interests

  • Academic and research university libraries
  • Administration of complex information organizations and environments
  • Libraries as organizations
  • Measurement and evaluation of libraries and library services
  • Public relations and development

Additional Information

Frank D’Andraia joined the Information Studies faculty in August of 2009 as a professor of the practice.  In addition to teaching, he typically serves as faculty liaison to the department’s American Library Association and New York Library Association student chapters and chairs the department’s Student Affairs Committee.

He has more than 35 years’ experience in academic libraries and has extensive senior administrative experience. He is the former Dean of Library Faculty and Director of the University at Albany Libraries, State University of New York (August 2005-July 2009); Dean of Library Services and Professor of Library Science , The University of Montana (January 2000-July 2005); Director of Libraries, University of North Dakota, (July 1990-December 1999); Head, Technical Services Division, University of California (Riverside) Libraries (July 1985-June 1990); Assistant Director of Libraries for Technical Services & Associate Professor of Library Science, University of Louisiana (Lafayette) Libraries (June 1979-June 1985); and Serials Librarian & Assistant Professor of Library Science, University of Louisiana (Lafayette) Libraries (September 1975-May 1979).

Frank D’Andraia currently serves on the board of directors for Beaver Island (MI) Cultural Arts Association (Vice-Chair) and the Buckingham Mews (NY) Home Owners Association Executive Board (Secretary).  He is a former member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, University of Vermont Evaluation (accreditation) Team (2009); Assistant Commissioner Cultural Affairs and New York State Librarian Search Committee (2008); External Advisory Committee, Department of Library Science, Clarion University of Pennsylvania (2005-2007); Resource Sharing and Information Networks (Haworth Press) Editorial Board (1991-1999) and (2003-2006); Missoula (MT) Art Museum  Board of Directors (2002-2005); Northwest (WA) Digital Archives Library Board (2002-2005); Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at The University of Montana Advisory Board (2000-2005); Montana Commissioner of Higher Education, Commissioner’s Library Systems Task Force, Chair (2001-2003); Prairie Public Television (ND) Community Advisory Board (1998-1999); The Nature Conservancy of the Dakotas (ND) Board of Trustees (1994-1999) and Chair (1996-1998); Online Dakota (ND) Information Network (ODIN) Advisory Council, (1995-1999) and Chair (1999); Governor’s (ND) Advisory Council on Libraries (1992-1995) and Chair (1994-1995).  OCLC (OH) Advisory Committee on College and University Libraries Advisory Committee (1992-1996); NorthWestNet (WA) Information Resources Advisory Board (1993-1995); Literacy North Dakota Trustee (1992-1995); Information Technology and Libraries (ALA Press) Editorial Board (1989-1993);  Blueprint for Literacy Program Trustee,  Riverside (CA) City and County Public Library(1986-1988) and Secretary (1989); California State University, San Jose, Off campus Library Science Program for Southern California Planning Committee (1988-1989); and San Bernardino (CA) Valley College, Library Technician Certificate Advisory Board (1987-1989).

He also has been appointed to or served as chair of various committees; teams; task forces; and working groups of the American Library Association; Association of College & Research Libraries; Association of Research Libraries; and Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.

As a consultant, Frank D’Andraia has worked closely with senior managers at a number of colleges and universities on organizational change. On an individual level, he also works with graduate students preparing to apply for their first professional positions in academic libraries. 

Frank D’Andraia currently teaches two required courses in the Information Studies program, administration of Information Agencies and the Information Environment. He also has taught Academic Libraries and Higher Education and Library Development and Public Relations, both are elective courses in the IST program. In the past, he has taught information science courses at California State University, Los Angeles (1986 -1988) and San Bernardino Valley (CA) College (1987-1988).

Frank D’Andraia is a veteran and a recipient of the Army Commendation Medal.


Selected - Refereed Journal Articles

“Academic Libraries and Friends Groups:  Asset or Liability?”  Journal of Library Administration, (volume 51, #2, 2011).

Editor, Journal of Library Administration, Special Issue on “Academic Library Affinity Groups:  Key Non Student Constituencies,” (Volume 51, #2, 2011).

“High, Wide and Cooperative:  Academic Library Cooperation in the Rocky Mountain West and Northern Great Plains.”  Resource Sharing & Information Networks, (volume 16, #1, 2002), pp. 21 - 32.

Editor, The Academic Library Director:  Reflections on a Position in Transition.  Binghamton, NY:  The Haworth Press, 1997.

“The Politics of Distance Learning.”  In Foundations of Library and Information Science, pp. 31 - 40.  Edited by Carolyn A. Snyder and James W. Fox.  Greenwich, CN: JAI Press, Inc., 1997.

“Director’s Challenge:  Academic Libraries, Risky Business or A Business at Risk?”  Journal of Library Administration, (volume 24, #3, 1997), pp. 89 - 100.

“The Business of Libraries is Staying in Business.”  Journal of Library Administration (volume 20, #2, 1994), pp. 81 – 92.

“Knowledge Workers in Technical Services.”  In Technical Services in Libraries:  System and Applications, pp. 241 – 248.  Edited by Thomas W. Leonhardt.  Greenwich, CN:  JAI Press, Inc., 1992.