Paula Kaufman has joined the Center as its Interim Director. She was appointed University Librarian in 1999. In 2008 she was invested as the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian and served in that position until August 2013. During the 2005-2006 academic year, she was Acting Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Illinois, Kaufman served as dean of libraries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1988-99) and in a variety of positions at Columbia University including Acting Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, from 1979 to 1988. She also worked as a librarian at Yale University and McKinsey and Company, and was a co-founder and partner in Information for Business, New York City.
Kaufman received her A.B. in Economics from Smith College, her M.S. in Library Science from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. in management from the University of New Haven.
She has written and presented in venues around the world on topics of Return on Investment and Library Value, leadership, new service models, risk taking, and privacy, among others. Kaufman’s record of service to the profession includes serving as a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors from 1997-2003, including a term as president from 2001-02; a founding board member of the Consortium of Academic Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) from 2005-2013; a member of the Center for Research Libraries Board of Directors from 1994-2000, including a term as chair in 1996; and as a member of the HATHI Trust executive committee from 2008 to 2012. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Digital Preservation Network and the Champaign Public Library and on the Advisory Board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. In 1987 Kaufman testified at hearings about the FBI’s “Library Awareness Program.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>
Kaufman has been honored with the Illinois Library Association Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award (2011), the Hugh C. Atkinson Award (2010), which is jointly sponsored by ACRL/ALCTS/LLAMA/LITA, the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year award (2012), and the Robert Downs Intellectual Freedom Award (1989).
I have been at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs since 1992 and have developed its programs and have managed new initiatives. The Mortenson Center offers intensive professional development programs in the U.S., and programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each group. As an example, earlier this year we hosted a group of academic librarians from South Africa who wanted to learn how to support research activities at their institutions.
I have also been actively involved in projects and training in Central America, Russia, China, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. The projects have ranged from helping university libraries to automate to developing strong leadership in a library association. All of these projects have been grant-based. In the past year we began a Library Leaders and Innovators Training Program with GL teams in Latvia and Romania.
I started my career as an elementary school teacher in New Orleans and then worked in bilingual education in Massachusetts. Bilingual education led me to the Midwest Center for Bilingual Education in Illinois, and then to the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education in Washington, DC. At both centers I worked as a consultant to school districts and teachers.
I am an alum of Tufts University in Boston and have a degree from Boston University (M.Ed.) and another from the University of Illinois (MLIS). I have been very engaged in international activities within ALA and hold a committee leadership position in IFLA. I have given numerous papers and workshops at conferences and meetings around the world. I lived for several years in France, Peru, and Mexico.