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April 29, 2009

BEL Salutes Paula Kaufman, Dean of Illinois' University Library


Today is a happy day at the University Library. Paula T. Kaufman, dean and professor of Library Administration, will be invested this afternoon. She is the first dean on campus to receive a chair this decade.

From the Library news:

A $5 million gift has established a deanship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Paula T. Kaufman, university librarian and dean of libraries for the University of Illinois, will be honored as the inaugural Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries at an Investiture ceremony hosted by Chancellor Richard Herman and Provost Linda Katehi on April 29, 2009.

The Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson University Library Deanship is one of the first deanships at the University of Illinois to be endowed at this level. The seven-figure donation will create an endowment—a permanent trust that is invested to provide a long-term source of funding—which will be used to finance the perpetual needs of the University Library.

About Dean Kaufman:

Paula Kaufman joined the University Library in 1999 after serving in key library positions at the University of Tennessee and Columbia University. She has four decades of experience as a librarian and has written and made presentations on a number of issues pertaining to scholarly information, privacy, copyright, research libraries, recruitment, and leadership.

Dean Kaufman is thrilled about this honor and said:

“Juanita and Robert Simpson have bestowed the greatest possible honor to the University Library with the establishment of this deanship. By endowing this position, they ensure that our Library continues to attract leadership of the highest order and they make certain President James’ vision of a great library that recruits the best faculty and students to this University is secure,” said Professor Kaufman. “I am humbled and honored to be the first person to carry the title of the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of the Library and University Librarian. It is only through the Simpsons’ foresight and generosity that this is possible."

BEL salutes our leader, Dean Paula Kaufman, and former business librarian.

Posted by Becky at April 29, 2009 12:46 PM Posted to BEL Salutes