Frank Allen joined UCF Libraries in 1998. He is currently serving as Interim Director of Libraries. In his permanent role he directs the Libraries’ fiscal operations and facilities management, and has divisional responsibilities for Circulation Services, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management Library, library human resources, and UCF Connect Library Services. Mr. Allen is lead project manager for the ongoing renovation and repurposing of the John C. Hitt Library. Before coming to UCF, he was head of Administrative Services for Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries in Richmond, Virginia.
He received his Master of Library and Information Science (MLS) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin, and a BSBA in Finance from the University of Florida.
Mr. Allen’s professional activities include active involvement with the CORE division of the American Library Association, and previously serving as co-editor for a resource guide for planning library buildings and learning spaces (produced by the ACRL/CORE Interdivisional Committee on Building Resources) “Academic Library Building Design: Resources for Planning.” He has published articles in College and Research Libraries and Library Leadership and Management, and serves as invited referee for College and Research Libraries and the Journal of Academic Librarianship. His research interests focus on library facilities planning and the economics of information.