Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian


The Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian, Ed Van Gemert, oversees campus libraries and provides leadership for strategic planning and policy directions; advancement and fundraising; coordination of campus library collections, services, and personnel; and campus partnerships, collaborations, and initiatives. The Vice Provost also provides national leadership on such issues as resource preservation and data curation.

The UW–Madison Libraries is one of the top research library systems in North America and provides world-class collections and services – accessible in print, online, and in person – to support the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the university. Facilities provide a broad range of environments from high-tech media labs to individual study spaces.

Vice Provost responsibilities include:

Collections. The physical and virtual collections of the Libraries include nearly 8 million books, more than 6.2 microfilms; and hundreds of thousands databases, journals, government document, maps, musical scores, audiovisual materials and more. The collections span more than 425 languages and 120 miles of shelving.

Special Collections and Archives. The Libraries have many outstanding special collections of rare works in a broad range of areas including, history of science and natural history, women writers, European and Italian history and culture, and a world-class Little Magazine Collection. The UW Archives preserves the university records and information of historical value and has collections including the Badger Yearbook, the Daily Cardinal, the Badger Herald, and faculty papers.

UW Digital Collections. Since 2000 the Libraries have digitized millions of pages of text, and hundreds of thousands of images and video clips. The collections encompass subjects including art, history, music, science, and materials unique to the state and university.

Services. We are committed to providing quality services to our users. Teaching and learning services include the integration of library instruction into curricula, one-on-one reference, graduate research assistance, workshops, and interlibrary loan. Additionally the Libraries provide help with open-access publishing and copyright.

Technology. Advances in technology enable the Libraries to develop tools that provide access to resources in ways never before possible. New search software and platforms enable information seekers to explore library, museum, archival, and media databases. A broad array of equipment is available for checkout including laptops, iPads, e-readers, and video equipment.

Partnerships. Campus partnerships include the Go Big Read campus common book program, and partnerships with the Writing Center, campus tutoring, and the Center for the First-Year Experience. The Libraries support the Wisconsin Idea in many ways including outreach programs to public schools, the publishing imprint Parallel Press, and the Digital Humanities Initiative.

Edward V. Van Gemert

372F Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706-1494

Tel. 608-262-2600