The University Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Kaczmarek as the new University Archivist and Head of Archival Programs, effective November 17, 2023. With an illustrious career spanning over two decades at the institution, Joanne brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the UIUC Library. Her appointment is a testament to the university’s commitment to nurturing talent and recognizing the exemplary skills of its library colleagues.
Joanne Kaczmarek holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and a Bachelor’s degree focusing on Engineering Technology/Social Ecology, both earned from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Currently serving as the Interim University Archivist, Joanne has been instrumental in shaping the university’s archival landscape. She also served as the Director of Records and Information Management Services, overseeing a comprehensive records and information management program that ensured compliance with federal and state laws across the University of Illinois System Offices and its three universities.
With a remarkable track record, Joanne has played pivotal roles in prestigious organizations such as the Society of American Archivists, the Central Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Records Managers, and the Midwest Archives Conference. Her contributions extend beyond administrative roles; she has spearheaded research grants in collaboration with esteemed institutions such as the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Illinois State Library, focusing on archival materials and digital access/preservation.
In addition to her academic and professional achievements, Joanne has been actively involved in various university committees, task forces, and working groups, including the Library’s Inclusion in Governance Task Force and the Archives and Special Collections Building Working Group. Her dedication to the University of Illinois is evident through her extensive service, reflecting her commitment to enhancing library services, preserving the institution’s rich history, and supporting teaching, research, and public engagement.
Joanne Kaczmarek’s appointment comes at a pivotal moment of opportunity and change for the university. Her expertise and leadership will undoubtedly play a crucial role in the establishment of a new, dedicated research center for Archives and Special Collections.