May 24, 2022

Dean Of U. of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science Leaving For Job at Brandeis U.

From the GSLIS Newsroom:

John Unsworth, who joined the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) as dean in 2003, has accepted a new position as vice provost and chief information officer for library and technology services at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He will begin at Brandeis in mid-February.


Speaking about his time at GSLIS, Unsworth said, “It has been a privilege to represent GSLIS on campus and in the field. This is a group of people who push themselves and their collaborators very hard to succeed. They stand up for important values. They take on difficult problems, and they find humane solutions.” The School’s professional master’s program has been at the top of national rankings since those rankings first appeared in the mid-1990s, and in recent years the GSLIS dean has played a leadership role in the iSchools consortium.

In his new position at Brandeis, Unsworth will oversee both the Brandeis University Library and the central IT organization for the campus. “I was attracted to the vice provost position at Brandeis because it combines the two core information services in a modern university,” Unsworth said. “Brandeis means to make the most of its information resources—bibliographic, technical and human—and I look forward to helping it do that.”


Following Unsworth’s departure, Professor Allen Renear will serve as interim dean. Renear recently concluded three years of service as associate dean for research, providing leadership for GSLIS’s highly successful research program, which receives funding from a wide range of government agencies, private foundations, and corporate partners.

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