Vice Provost for Libraries search

The vice provost for libraries works to increase the library’s financial support from internal and external sources and leverages and aligns those resources to facilitate strategic priorities and needs, to transform the library’s physical spaces to support evolving needs around teaching, learning and research, to develop staff skills and roles that align with the rapidly changing roles libraries play in supporting research and scholarship, to develop and enhance access to relevant, distinct and engaging content and collections, and to develop and engage in campus, regional, national and international partnerships to develop economies of scale that facilitate scholarship and better support the mission of the university and the library.

UW-Madison is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and a founding member of the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and the HathiTrust Digital Repository, among many other prestigious higher education organizations. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries comprise one of the largest public university library systems in the United States. UW-Madison Libraries is currently engaged in innovative facilities master planning work that will inform campus planning and decisions about future library spaces and services. Library services are currently decentralized and coordinated through the leadership of the General Library System, which provides technical infrastructure, support for collections and acquisitions, and coordination of campus library services with significant efforts underway to transform the library’s physical spaces to support evolving needs around teaching, learning and research.

The General Library System presently administers sixteen libraries (Memorial, College, Steenbock, Business, Art, Astronomy, Chemistry, Engineering, Math, Physics, Geology, Geography, Social Work, Music, Social Science Reference Library, and UW Archives).

Finalist Presentations

All presentations were held in the Biotechnology Center Auditorium, 425 Henry Mall, Room 1111. Video recordings of the presentations were posted after each session. The recordings and an online feedback form were available until Friday, April 6 at 5pm.

Tuesday, March 20, 1-2:30pm

Elizabeth Cowell, Richard L. Press University Librarian, Presidential Chair
University of California, Santa Cruz

Monday, April 2, 11:30am-1pm

Todd Grappone, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Information Technology
University of California, Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 4, 1-2:30pm

Lisa Carter, Associate Director, Special Collections and Area Studies
The Ohio State University Libraries

Job Description

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Search and Screen Committee Members

  • Paloma Celis-Carbajal – Area Studies, General Library
  • David Dodd – Central Technical Services, General Library
  • Kristin Eschenfelder – The Information School, College of Letters & Science (chair)
  • Nancy Graff Schultz – Administrative Services, General Library
  • Sabine Gross – German, Nordic & Slavic Studies, College of Letters & Science
  • James Keck – Biomolecular Chemistry, College of Letters & Science
  • Carrie Kruse – College Library, General Library
  • Guido Podestá – Dean, International Division
  • Dietram Scheufele – Life Sciences Communication, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Laura Schmidt – Student representative
  • Sarah Thal – Department of History, College of Letters & Science

For questions, please contact Carole Kolb at or (608) 890-1661.