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Last modified: Thursday, February 5, 2009

David W. Lewis appointed IU assistant vice president for digital scholarly communications


February 5, 2009

IUPUI University Library dean to help implement new strategic plan for IT at IU

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- IU Vice President for IT Brad Wheeler today (Feb. 5) announced the appointment of David W. Lewis as assistant vice president for digital scholarly communications in the Indiana University Office of the Vice President for Information Technology, in addition to his campus responsibilities as dean of University Library at IUPUI. In his new role, Lewis will provide university-wide leadership for Recommendation 12, "Recapturing the Scholarly Record," which is described as a grand challenge in Empowering People , IU's strategic IT plan.

Recommendation 12 envisions a set of actions for IU to "pursue a position of leadership in the development (with partners) of new, sustainable models for scholarly publication, dissemination, and curation that enable scholars - and their collective communities - to re-assert control over rights to the scholarly record and its institutional preservation." The plan, developed with the involvement of more than 140 members of the university community in response to a charge from President McRobbie, was endorsed by the IU Trustees in December 2008.

In announcing the appointment, IU Vice President for IT Brad Wheeler said, "The complexities and challenges for economically sustaining scholarly communications are great, and this is a timely opportunity for IU to assess a full range of options for the future. David's appointment assures the focused effort we need to help coalesce many ideas into actionable plans."

As assistant vice president, Lewis will engage in extensive dialogue with IU's faculty and research scholars, librarians, faculty council committees, the IU Press, UITS, and other research universities.

"Libraries are at the center of the many complex issues regarding scholarly publication and dissemination," said Patricia Steele, Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries. "We've worked diligently help find solutions. Having David in a leadership role leverages his knowledge of these issues and the critical understanding he brings as a librarian."

Lewis joined Indiana University in 1993 as the head of public services at IUPUI University Library and has served as dean since 2000. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Carleton College, a master's of library science degree from Columbia University, and certificates of advanced study in librarianship from the University of Chicago and Columbia University. Lewis's previous experience includes appointments at SUNY Farmingdale, Hamilton College, Franklin and Marshall College, Columbia University, and the University of Connecticut. He has written and published more than 30 articles and book chapters, is active professionally at the state and national levels, and played a lead role in developing the Marion County Internet Library and in creating the Academic Libraries of Indiana.

Lewis will hold this two-year appointment part-time while continuing his responsibilities as dean of IUPUI's University Library.