October 22, 2021

Constantia Constantinou Appointed Vice Provost and Director of Penn Libraries

Here’s the Full Text of the University of Pennsylvania Appointment Announcement:

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Constantia Constantinou (Photo via U. of Penn)

University of Pennsylvania Provost Wendell Pritchett today announced the appointment of Constantia Constantinou as the H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries, effective Aug. 1.

Constantinou will replace Rogers, who has held the position since 2004 and is retiring after a 43-year career at Penn.

“Constantia is a global leader in integrating the work of a large university library system with the wider academic mission of a university,” Pritchett says. “In particular, she has been a pioneer throughout her career in developing digital, multimedia, and technology initiatives in large university library systems and in advancing partnerships among libraries, museums, and universities.”

She created an ambitious strategic plan for the Stony Brook Libraries, redefining the libraries as a hub of collaboration in scholarly and digital initiatives and working with students, faculty, researchers, and staff across the university, especially in developing the digital humanities, open access, and a Center for Scholarly Communication.

Constantinou began her career at New York University’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library and has brought her focus on digital and multimedia technology to leadership positions at the City University of New York, at Rutgers University Libraries, and as Director of the Helen T. Arrigoni Technology Library at Iona College.

Twice named a Fulbright Scholar, she is an active member of the global university library community, publishing articles and reviews, delivering conference presentations around the world, and serving in leadership positions for the Association of Research Libraries, Online Computer Library Catalogue, and International Federation of Library Associations, among others.

In addition, she is an accomplished classical guitarist who studied at the Royal School of Music in London before earning a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music theory from Queens College of the City University of New York, where she also earned her master’s of library science degree.

“I am confident that Constantia will bring tremendous energy and vision to her work at the Penn Libraries, building on Carton’s legacy and collaborating with the many wonderful partners that she will meet across our university,” Pritchett says. “I am grateful to the Board of Overseers, who has recognized Carton’s tenure with a generous gift that names the Directorship in his honor, and to the members of the ad hoc consultative committee who helped us arrive at this outstanding result.”

University of Pennsylvania Provost Wendell Pritchett today announced the appointment of Constantia Constantinou as the H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries, effective Aug. 1.

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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.

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