January 28, 2022

Brenda Johnson Named Library Director and University Librarian at the University of Chicago

From the University of Chicago:

Brenda L. Johnson, an internationally respected leader in the field of library science, has been appointed Library Director and University Librarian, Provost Eric Isaacs announced Oct. 16. Her five-year term begins Jan. 1, 2015.

“The Library plays a key role in the life of faculty and students at the University of Chicago,” Isaacs said. “Brenda’s expertise in supporting both physical collections and the proliferation of digital resources, along with her history of collaboration and innovative thinking, make her an outstanding leader for this important enterprise.”

Johnson currently serves as Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University, Bloomington—a position she has held since 2010. She succeeds Judith Nadler, who retired in June after nearly five decades of service to UChicago.

Before coming to Indiana University, Johnson was University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent more than 20 years at the University of Michigan, where she served as Associate University Librarian for Public Services, a position with responsibility over that institution’s 19 libraries.

She is active in the national and international library community through service and leadership on a variety of executive boards and committees, such as the board of governors of HathiTrust, the board of directors of CLOCKSS (a digital repository for web-based scholarly publications), the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Library Directors Group, the board of directors of Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment), and the Association of Research Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Steering Committee.

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From an Indiana University Announcement:

During Johnson’s tenure, the IU Libraries have launched new spaces and developed innovative models for delivering library services. The IU Scholars’ Commons exemplifies both as it offers a centralized academic service hub and builds on partnerships with departments across the IU Bloomington campus at the same time as it has utterly transformed the first floor of the Wells Library East Tower.

Johnson has also provided crucial leadership on the university’s digital preservation initiatives, including the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative as well as the Digitization Master Plan.[Clip]

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University,” Johnson said. “I leave IU with a great deal of pride for all we in the Libraries have accomplished over the last five years, and I hold my friends and colleagues in the highest regard for their professionalism and dedication. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the spirit of collaboration that pervades the IU Libraries and the support of President McRobbie, Provost Robel and colleagues across campus.”

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.