Dean Riley

Professor of Library Science


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

Library Focus

Main Responsibilities
  • Maintain library bibliographic server (SirsiDynix Symphony, Enterprise, and Cloudsource OA+), ETD dissertation services, DARIUS repository, EZProxy server, and manage library databases.
  • Work with students individually and in class settings to develop search strategy skills and methods, analyze search results, and evaluate databases. In conjunction with our professors, I help setup LibGuide pages (a.k.a. subject guides) and tutorials to help students understand how research works. I hope to inspire them to see the eternal value of information in the hands of an Almighty God and develop appropriate skills so they can perform solid research for their companies or organizations after graduation.
  • Develop the university archives and promote our special collections.
  • Be responsive to faculty content needs including LibGuides,  and Open Access resources (coming soon!).

My professional goals include writing more about library foundational thinking in regards to information. While we may not be able to truly define it, I hope to develop a broader understanding of information and its role and importance in our daily lives, especially from a Christian worldview. We need to understand its significance and how we take use information to develop research strategies to find what we really need. My personal library vision statement sums it up.

Given HBU’s central confession that “Jesus Christ is Lord,” I seek to help all students by endowing them with critical research skills with a high degree of satisfaction so their current research can springboard and become “useful vessels” to empower their future organizations, their lives, and to honor Christ (II Timothy 2:21-22; Isaiah 64:8; Colossians 1:9-15).

Academic Focus

Religion, Computers, Technology, History, Music



  • 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.


  • Rogers, Ben, Ozmun, Adria L., Riley, Dean. “Texas Baptist Associations, 1840-1886.” Texas Baptist History, Vol. 5, 1985.

Awards and Honors

  • Nominee, Opal Goolsby Teacher Excellence, 2006.
  • Elected in Beta Phi Mu Library Honors Society, 1995.


  • Potter and the Clay or It’s Not Just Information, HBU Convocation Address (recorded), Spring 2021.
  • Stewardship of Minds. Texas Library Association, Library Instruction Round Table Annual Summit, September 2019.
  • Potter and the Clay: Integrating Faith and Librarianship in the 21st Century. Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, Snezek Library Leadership Institute, July 2018.
  • Utilizing LibAnswers to Create a Campus-Wide Knowledge Base. Co-presented with Alan W. Presley, Associate Director of Web Strategies and Operations, 10th Annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Technology Conference, Lee College, Baytown, TX. November 6, 2015.
  • Understanding and Maximizing Research Skills and Tools. (1998, 1999, 2004, 2010). Southeast Texas Homeschool Association, Houston, TX.
  • Integrating Faith and Learning in the Library. Association of Christian Librarians. Evangel University, Springfield, MO.  June 11, 2009.
  • Library Databases: From Mayhem to Management. HBU Faculty Professional Development Symposium. August 2007.
  • Maximizing Library Database Use. HBU Faculty Professional Symposium. August 2006.

Additional Information:

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 and the campus Safety and Crisis Committee.

He has served as Minister of Music, and Minister of Music and Youth at several churches in the Midwest before coming to HBU. He has served as pianist and keyboardist at Wilcrest Baptist Church since 1998.

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.