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Four finalists for dean of Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies will be on the West Lafayette campus for two-day interviews in late January and early February.

David Reingold, chair of the search committee and the Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, says that as part of the process, each finalist will make a 35- to 40-minute public presentation and then take questions from the audience.

The Board of Trustees approved a new name for the unit — now called the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies — during its meeting on Dec. 7. “The new name better reflects the teaching and scholarly contributions the Libraries faculty and staff are making to the broader University,” Reingold says.

Each candidate’s full curriculum vitae is on the search website, where a link for livestreaming of the candidate’s presentation can be found as well. Feedback on the candidates is requested, and an online feedback tool is located at the same site. The feedback link will be live after each candidate’s presentation.

“Learning technology, digital scholarship and data science are already having a material impact on our faculty, staff and students — and changing the role of libraries nationwide,” says Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. “We are a leader in many of these areas, and I’m looking forward to working with the new dean to help our Libraries and School of Information Studies move to even higher levels of national leadership, impact and service.”

Finalists and their presentation details are below:

* Beth McNeil, dean of library services and professor, Iowa State University — 11 a.m. Jan. 14, Stewart Center, Room 206.

* Maria Bonn, associate professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois; former director, Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan — 11 a.m. Jan. 28, Stewart Center, Room 302.

* Stephanie Walker, dean of libraries and information resources, University of North Dakota — 11 a.m. Jan. 31, Stewart Center, Room 218ABC.

* Evviva Weinraub, associate university librarian for collections and technologies, Northwestern University — 11 a.m. Feb. 4, Stewart Center, Room 206