January 23, 2022

University of Iowa: John Culshaw Appointed New University Librarian

From Iowa Now/U. of Iowa News Service:

John P. Culshaw, senior associate dean of libraries at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has been named university librarian for the University of Iowa, effective Aug. 1.

Culshaw joined the university libraries at CU-Boulder in 1991 as central reference librarian. From 1996 to 2008, he oversaw the libraries’ Systems Department, providing leadership and direction for information technology, media, and web services. In 2008 he was appointed associate director for administrative services. His position was renamed senior associate dean of libraries in 2011.


“I am excited about the future for research libraries,” Culshaw says. “The library must maintain its prominent place as the academic heart of the campus. Research libraries face multiple challenges in the coming years, particularly related to changing scholarly communication patterns, data management, and evolving instructional models. Libraries can turn these into opportunities by becoming more flexible service organizations. I am delighted that I will have the opportunity to contribute to that important, ongoing work at the University of Iowa.”


Culshaw’s appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. His salary will be $225,000.

Read the Complete Announcement from U. of Iowa

See Also: Culshaw Visits U. of Iowa Campus
John Culshaw was one of four finalists for the position. On April 17, 2018 he presented at a university forum about research libraries. Here’s a report from the U. of Iowa student newspaper about his presentation.

See Also: Here’s Culshaw’s Bio Page from the University of Iowa

See Also: Culshaw’s c.v. (via U. of Iowa Libraries)

See Also: University of Iowa Libraries and Provost Office Launches Open Access Publishing Fund (April 22, 2013)

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