David Lewis, dean of University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is now head of the statewide organization representing all academic libraries in nonprofit institutions of higher education.
Academic Libraries of Indiana installed Lewis as president during the organization’s 10th annual meeting in early May. Established in 2003, Academic Libraries of Indiana is dedicated to improving Indiana’s information infrastructure and supporting economic development by making the scholarly record accessible in support of grants, contracts, projects, entrepreneurial ventures and government initiatives.
One focus of Lewis’ tenure as president will be to oversee a large-scale project to study print book use in Indiana academic libraries. The intent is to identify redundant and little-used titles that might be withdrawn to create space for other more important purposes, such as collaborative learning environments where students can consult with librarians and each other.
“As dean of the University Library at IUPUI, David Lewis has been on the leading edge of the transformation of libraries to improve their contribution to student success, faculty scholarship and community engagement,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz. "He is nationally recognized and respected among academic librarians for leadership, innovation and collaboration."