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American Public University System Names Dr. Fred Stielow Dean Emeritus

Charles Town, W.Va, June 26, 2014American Public University System (APUS), a fully-online institution offering respected, innovative and affordable educational programs to adult learners worldwide, today named Dr. Fred Stielow dean emeritus. Stielow retired in early 2014 after ten years of service to the university as vice president and dean of libraries.

Stielow was originally charged with building a state-of-the-art virtual library, and that success would eventually evolve into a redefinition of the academic library for the Web Age. His innovative Classroom/Research Information Services (CRIS) initiative blended the virtual library with the creation of an electronic bookstore and APUS ePress to help make APUS an industry-leader in the cost-effective delivery of quality digital course materials.

Within the last year, Stielow was named one of the top-five graduates in the history of the University of Rhode Island’s Library School, the American Library Association’s 2014’s Distance Librarian of the Year, and fellow of the Society of American Archivists. His other major awards include a Fulbright Scholarship to Italy, the Jameson Fellowship of the Library of Congress, and APUS’s 2008 Etter Award for Creativity and Innovation. Stielow has written or edited more than 100 scholarly articles and 14 books, including 2014’s Reinventing the Library for Online Education.

With the help of the Vietnam-Era GI Bill, Stielow earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in history along with a dual doctorate in history and American Studies from Indiana University and a master’s in library science (MLS) from the University of Rhode Island. A long and distinguished career featured professorial appointments at the University of Maryland and Catholic University.  In addition, he served as the director of the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University; Walter Reuther Labor Library at Wayne State University; Mid-Hudson Public Library System; and Special Collections at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Stielow remains active in professional societies, and has served on numerous advisory boards, including three National Park Service Commissions, gubernatorial appointments in three states, and currently as a U.S. Commissioner to UNESCO.  He has also served as trustee for the Charles Town, W.Va. Public Library and is currently on the board of the Anne Arundel County Public Library in Annapolis, Md.