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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Announces New Dean of Libraries

Contact: Cindy Carroll / 412-268-7260 / stell@cmu.edu

Keith WebsterPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has named Keith G. Webster its new dean of libraries, succeeding Gloriana St. Clair, who stepped down June 30. Webster holds the rank of principal librarian and has a courtesy academic appointment at the H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management.

"Keith Webster brings an extensive background and broad, international experience in academic library leadership, scholarly communication and publishing as well as information policy and service," said Mark S. Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon provost and executive vice president.

Prior to his appointment at CMU, Webster was vice president and director of academic relations and strategy for the global publishing company John Wiley and Sons. He was formerly dean of libraries and university librarian at The University of Queensland in Australia. His prior positions include university librarian at Victoria University in New Zealand, and head of information rights at HM Treasury, London, United Kingdom.

Webster has been an active participant in professional activities and currently serves on the board of directors of the National Information Standards Organization. Previous posts include chair of the editorial board for the Australian Library Journal; vice president of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa; treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals; and secretary of the Institute of Information Scientists.

His professional interests include research evaluation, learning space design and trends in scholarly communication. He is a regular speaker on topics such as the future of research libraries and the impact of open science on publishing and libraries.

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Prior to his appointment at CMU, Keith Webster, pictured above, was vice president and director of academic relations and strategy for the global publishing company John Wiley and Sons.