John Furlong serves as the associate university librarian for the Research and Academic Collaboration Services Division. He leads library planning and programming that serves scholar-oriented services in support of research, instruction, and learning. He also facilitates the design and implementation of collaborative partnerships and innovations that respond to the evolving needs of faculty and students.
Furlong previously served as the director of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla where he coordinated outreach to the academic and student services areas of the university, as well as to the local community.
As an administrator, Furlong has had significant experience in libraries in the St. Louis area. He has worked at academic, public, and special library institutions, including St. Louis Community College, St. Louis Public Library, Brentwood Public Library, and the Library and Research Center at the Missouri Historical Society.
Furlong holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been active in national and state library associations, such as the American Library Association and the Missouri Library Association, where he served as a member at large on the executive board. He also is a member of the board of directors for the East Central Area Literacy Council in Rolla and has worked with the Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Program in Nicaragua and the Maria De Mattias Library & Resource Center in Guatemala.