Dear Barnard Community,

I am delighted to announce that Monica McCormick will be joining Barnard as Dean of the Barnard Library and Academic Information Services (BLAIS), beginning Monday, August 16. Monica comes to the College after four years as Associate University Librarian for Publishing, Preservation, Research & Digital Access at the University of Delaware. At Delaware, she provided strategic and operational direction for four departments — Library IT, Digital Collections and Preservation, Digital Scholarship and Publishing, and the University of Delaware Press — and led the design, development, management, and support of current and emerging library-based digital initiatives, repository services, scholarly communication, and research data services.

Prior to the University of Delaware, Monica spent nine years as Program Officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing at New York University, where she developed strategies and led services for digital publishing and managed collaborative projects between Libraries and NYU Press. She earned her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her B.A. in history from Carleton College.

Working closely with me, the Academic Center Directors, and our team in the Provost’s Office, Monica will build on the College’s relationships with faculty, students, staff, alumnae, and colleagues at the Columbia University Libraries to promote the growth of library services and innovative support for academic programs. As Dean of BLAIS, Monica will bring proven leadership and expertise in the acquisition, dissemination, and preservation of materials that advance knowledge, and we look forward to her strong and positive contributions at BLAIS and the College.

I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Melanie Hibbert, Kristen Hogan, and Miriam Neptune for their commitment and service as Interim Co-Deans of BLAIS during the past nearly two years. I am grateful to Melanie, Kristen, and Miriam for their management and strategic partnership of BLAIS and IMATS, and especially so during the complicated pandemic planning process. 

I would also like to thank the search committee, chaired by Vice Provost Reshmi Mukherjee and Professor David Weiman, and the many faculty and staff colleagues who were instrumental to the success of the search process. 

Please join me in welcoming Monica McCormick to Barnard.

 My very best,

Provost Linda Bell