Neuhofer, Dorothy

Title: Professor

Department: Library

Phone: 352-588-8496



  • Bachelor of Science, Education, Barry College
  • Master of Arts in Library Science, Rosary College
  • Master of Church Administration, The Catholic University of America
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Library Studies, The Florida State University


M. Dorothy Neuhofer, O.S.B., Ph.D., is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida, Holy Name Monastery, and a life-long resident of the local Saint Leo area. Before accepting a position as a faculty librarian with Saint Leo College in 1965, she taught in a number of parochial schools in Florida. While serving as principal of a new school in Venice, Florida, she founded a school library. Immediately following she enrolled in library school for a Master’s degree in library science.

As a member of the Saint Leo library faculty, Sister Dorothy has worked in a number of library positions including Reference Librarian, Catalog Librarian, Director of Reader Services, Library Director, Director of Library Services, (serving students both on and off campus), Archivist and Special Collections Librarian.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s she edited a weekly library newsletter and also initiated a program of library instruction classes. In the 1980s she served as committee chair for planning a major expansion of the library building. Through her pioneering efforts, Saint Leo gained charter membership in the Tampa Bay Library Consortium, a multi-type library consortium.

Community Affiliation:

  • Member of several national and local (Florida) library associations
  • Member of national and state archivists’ associations
  • Member of national canon law society
  • Member of American Benedictine Academy

Teaching & Professional Interests:

American Benedictine men and women
Benedictine monasticism
Church history, especially Roman Catholic
Florida, state and local, especially Pasco county area

Print, digital, manuscript
United States

Honors & Awards:

  • Elected president of the American Benedictine Academ, 1982-1984
  • Fellow of the American Benedictine Academy, 1988
  • Monastic-Studies Research Grant, American Benedictine Academy, 1994
  • Elected president of national library association (Catholic Library Association) 2003-2005

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