University Librarian's Office


Paula Kaufman University LibrarianThe University Library, a campus-wide network of libraries serving programs of learning and research in many disciplines, is the largest public university research library in the United States. The Library is a worldwide leader in the dissemination of knowledge through its remarkable research collections, outstanding services, innovative technologies, and exceptional faculty and staff.

Paula Kaufman assumed the position of University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on September 7, 1999. She served as interim Chief Information Office at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from August 2006-May 2007. She previously served for 11 years as Dean of Libraries for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; prior to her tenure at Tennessee, she served at the Columbia University Libraries as Acting Vice President, Director of Academic Information Services, Director of Library Services, Acting Head of the East Asian Libraries, and Business and Economics Librarian. Dean Kaufman also has considerable experience in the private sector at McKinsey and Company and as partner and co-founder of Information for Business, an information industry service firm.

Dean Kaufman's business background, combined with her academic expertise, provides her with a unique understanding of the challenges the Library faces in an age of evolving information technologies. She has served the library profession as President (2001-2002) and Vice President (2000-2001) of the Association of Research Libraries, as Founding Board member (2005-present) of the Consortium of Academic Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), and as Chair (2006-present) and Vice Chair (2000-2006) of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). On campus, she currently serves as Chair of the Data Stewardship Committee, Chair of the IT Governance Executive Committee, the Illinois Informatics Initiative Governing Board, and on the Council of Deans and the Provost's Cabinet.