May 28, 2022

Interview: A Conversation with Robert McDonald, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Colorado Boulder

Note: Robert McDonald was named Dean of University Libraries at the University of Colorado Boulder on April 3o, 2018 and began work on August 1st.  Previously McDonald was Dean for Research and Technology Strategies and Librarian at Indiana University.

The Q&A style interview published on the CU Boulder Today website and consists of seven questions and answers.

Here’s one of them.

CU Boulder Today: Previously, at Indiana University, you had a role focused on research technologies. Are you bringing that with you to CU Boulder? What will some of your other focal points be?

McDonald: Thanks for asking—that’s a great question. My background in technology and innovation (research computing and learning technologies) will now drive my work in new and different ways. In the past I have worked closely with the HathiTrust Digital Library and the HathiTrust Research Center, and as the CU Boulder Libraries are new members of this organization, I fully expect our campus to make use of this unique digital collection.

I will also aim to bring my previous leadership experience in higher education to bear as I work with all of the Libraries’ faculty and staff in furthering our mission as a dynamic partner in creating, disseminating and advancing scholarship.

Read the Complete Interview with McDonald

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.