January 22, 2022

University of Iowa: Finalist Forums for University Librarian Position Get Underway

From The Daily Iowan:

It’s a challenge that four finalists for the position of University Librarian at the University of Iowa hope to address in their battle to be the head of one of the largest libraries in the United States.

The candidates will each present a forum at the UI about the future of libraries at research-intensive universities.


The first in the series of forums began Monday at the Bijou, featuring Beth McNeil, the associate dean for academic affairs, libraries, at Purdue University.

McNeil said libraries today have to find different ways to do the roles they perform.

“We’ll be stepping out of traditional roles,” she said. “The primary function will remain the same, but there’ll be new ways we’re going to do it.”


McNeil focused on the broader role that university libraries play in a research community.

“I don’t think it’s very easy to think about specifics related to the future of libraries; in fact, it’s hard,” she said. “But we can think about the changes we’re seeing and see where the future may lead us.”


The next three finalists, who have not been announced yet, will get their chance to answer the questions at forums throughout April.

Much More in the Complete Article

See Also: University librarian finalists visit in April (via Iowa Now)


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