Tyrone Heath Cannon has been dean, university libraries at the University of San Francisco since August 1995. He lives in San Rafael, California. He was acting university librarian at Boston College (January 1993-July 1993), senior associate university librarian (1991-1995), and head of reference (1989-1991). Dean Cannon has also served as head of the social sciences division at Oklahoma State University (1988-1989), head of the social work library at Columbia University (1984-1988), and social sciences librarian (1981-1983) at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to becoming a librarian, Cannon was a clinical social worker.
Dean Cannon has been an active member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). He was president in 2003-2004 and ACRL Councilor in 2006-2007. In 2014-2015, he served on the ACRL 75th Anniversary Task Force and chaired the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee. In addition, he has served on planning committees for ACRL National Conferences in Baltimore (2005-2007) and Philadelphia (2009-2011).
His service to the American Library Association (ALA) includes the Standing Council on Minority Concerns (1993-1995), the Membership Committee (1997-1999), ALA Budget Analysis and Review Committee (2006-2009), and the ALA Nominating Committee (2007-2008). He also recently served on the ALA Elections Process Task Force.
Dean Cannon has been active at the local, state, and national level, serving on the Friends Board of the San Francisco Public Library (2006-2012, 2016-), Catholic Research Resources Alliance Executive Board (2012 to present), Marin County Free Library Board of Commissioners 2015 to present), California Library Services Board (2004-2014), Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium Executive Board (2012-15), and the University of North Texas LIS Board of Advisors (2009 to present).
Dean Cannon earned his B.S. and M.S.W. at the University of Connecticut and his M.L.S. at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco.