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The Search for the Vice Provost for Libraries and Museum


A message from Jan Love, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

It is with great enthusiasm that I share the news of Emory’s search for its first Vice Provost for Libraries and Museum, uniting Emory Libraries and the Michael C. Carlos Museum under a new leadership structure.

For years, Emory Libraries and the Michael C. Carlos Museum have worked tirelessly to make university collections accessible to the Emory community and beyond, forming a strong connection through shared goals and values.

Reviews conducted last year identified opportunities for both the libraries and the museum to be better positioned to serve as centers of excellence within the university. Leadership transitions at the Carlos Museum and the libraries, and the recent separation of Emory Libraries from Information Technology, presented ideal timing for restructuring.

This formal connection between the libraries and museum builds on their strong relationship; is designed to facilitate closer coordination in the fulfilment of their mutual educational, research, and discovery missions; and ultimately will enhance support for both.

Uniting these two areas will strengthen our academic programs and is perfectly aligned with our aspirations for research eminence. This restructuring is about preparing for future investments and alignment with our strategic priorities.

A new Vice Provost for Libraries and Museum will work closely with the Office of the Provost and provide support in planning for the future of both areas, including advancing the digitization, cataloging, and conservation of the university’s extraordinary collections while continuing to expand access.

The search for the vice provost position will be chaired by Emory College of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Elliott. The search advisory committee has begun to meet with the goal of having a new leader in place this year. The new vice provost will lead the search for the permanent director of the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Emory community input will be critical to making this search successful. The search firm consultants and members of the Search Advisory Committee will arrange listening sessions to hear from members of the Emory Libraries and Museum community and beyond about what they see as the most important attributes for the new Vice Provost for Libraries and Museum. Dates and locations will be made available soon. We hope that you will attend and be part of the process.