Dr. Nandita Mani Named Dean of Libraries at UMass Amherst
From UMass Amherst:
We are pleased to announce the successful recruitment of Nandita Mani as our next Dean of Libraries. She will begin August 1.
Dr. Mani is currently at UNC Chapel Hill, where she is in her sixth year as Associate University Librarian for Health Sciences & Director, Health Sciences Library. She received her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University of Edmonton, Alberta, and subsequently earned a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a PhD in Instructional Technology, both from Wayne State University in Detroit.
In her role at UNC-CH, Dr. Mani led the development of the University Libraries’ data science framework, which articulated how the Libraries can contribute to campus-wide data-science initiatives. Her first-authored article on this topic appeared last year in the Journal of Library Administration. She was also part of the UNC Libraries’ Reckoning Initiative to build antiracism into the Libraries’ policies, procedures, and approaches. She has also overseen the Health Sciences Library’s fundraising efforts.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.