National Search for University Librarian and Dean of Libraries
University Libraries, University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is conducting a national search for the next University Librarian and Dean of Libraries. The Executive Vice President and Provost named a search committee in March 2019.

The first meeting of the search committee and listening sessions will take place during spring semester, with development of a position profile by late spring. The schedule anticipates recruitment of candidates to take place during late spring and summer 2019, with the aim of bringing finalists to campus for public interviews in fall 2019.

The University has engaged Beverly Brady and Gale Merseth of the national search firm of Isaacson, Miller to partner with the committee to recruit a strong pool of candidates for this leadership position.


Listening sessions: May 1-3

Opportunities to provide input on the position profile and search process:

University Libraries staff open listening sessions

  • Thursday, May 2,  11-11:45 am, Andersen Library 120
  • Friday, May 3, 11:30 am–12:15 pm, Walter Library 402

University Libraries civil service and labor-represented staff session

  • Thursday, May 2, 1-1:45, Anderson Library 120

Open forum for the campus community

  • Friday, May 3, 1:30-2:15, Rapson 45

Videoconferencing available via the U's new online meeting tool Zoom; please email to arrange.

Input for the search committee

Please use this form to provide comments (requires Internet ID login) to the University Librarian search committee in support of its work to recruit an outstanding pool of candidates. (Comments will be shared only with the committee and search consultants and will not be published online.)

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For more information

For more information about the search process, please contact:
Kate Tyler,
Assistant to the provost and staff to the search committee