William Mischo has been appointed as acting dean of libraries and university librarian designate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mischo, currently the head of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center , will begin in the new role Feb. 18. The appointment is pending the review and approval of the Board of Trustees.
Mischo will serve as acting university librarian while the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Wilkin serves as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designate at Illinois.
Professor Mischo brings over thirty years of experience at the University of Illinois and an extraordinary track record of leadership and innovation. Bill was elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in 2015 and received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Science from the American Library Association in 2009. He was invested as The Berthold Family Professor in Information Access and Discovery in 2016.
Mischo earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Carthage College in 1971 and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974.
Mischo will serve as acting university librarian until Wilkin concludes his service as interim provost.