Dean Riley, MALS

Dean Riley


Office Address: Moody Library, Technical Services
Phone: (281) 649-3182
Professor of Library Science


  • BME, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • MA, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MALS, University of Missouri-Columbia

Courses Taught



  • Information Apprenticeship: Integrating Faith and Learning in the Library. Accepted August 2010 by The Christian Librarian (Peer-reviewed). Fall 2010.
  • Wisdom and God in the Age of Information: Potter and Clay. The City. (Houston Baptist University). Fall 2010.

Additional Information

He currently serves as the systems librarian. His main areas of responsibility are:

  • Maintains all library automation services, 
  • Serve at the Reference Desk, assists with library instruction.

His main professional interests are the quality of information, particularly from the Internet, and the theological implications of information theory. He presented a paper at the 2009 annual meeting of the Association of Christian Librarians entitled Information Apprenticeship: Integrating Faith and Learning in the Library which discussed the significance of Christian perspectives of information theory and how it could be viewed from a theological perspective.

Mr. Riley currently serves on the Institutional Technology and Knowledge Committee, the campus Safety and Crisis Committee, and chairs the Library Committee for the institutional SACS report.

In 1995, Mr. Riley was invited to be a member of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library Science Honor Society.

He has served as Minister of Music, and Minister of Music and youth at several churches in the Midwest before coming to HBU. He currently serves as keyboardist at Wilcrest Baptist Church.

Mr. Riley enjoys playing the piano, keyboards, and Irish penny whistle as well as learning to play new styles of music (American and International) and incorporating them into worship. He also enjoys collecting international coins, baseball, and learning about astronomy and meteorology.