Vice Provost for University Libraries

Published May 31, 2019

Dear University Community:

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Evviva Weinraub, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technologies at Northwestern University, as UB’s Vice Provost for University Libraries, effective August 1, 2019.

Ms. Weinraub’s appointment results from a national search. Ms. Weinraub stood out because of her impressive leadership experience, innovative approach to delivering library collections and services, commitment to inclusive excellence, national leadership in digital library initiatives, and creative vision for University Libraries and the future of academic research libraries.

As Associate University Librarian at Northwestern University, Ms. Weinraub has provided leadership and advocacy for Information Technology, Digital Initiatives, Metadata, Print Materials Processing, Preservation and Conservation, Repository and Digitization Services, Access Services, and Global Initiatives. Among her impressive contributions, Ms. Weinraub led a cross-campus initiative to launch the Academic Resource Center, a hub for undergraduate academic support that is based in the libraries. She provided leadership on the re-opening of a new campus library and spearheaded work on campus around textbook affordability and the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) in teaching and learning.

Ms. Weinraub is a national leader in digital library initiatives, technology and innovation. She is the Vice President elect and will serve as the 2020-21 President of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). She is a member of the HathiTrust Program Steering Committee, the Fedora Project Steering Committee, and the Board of Directors of DuraSpace and Lyrasis. In collaboration with Indiana University, she serves as co-director of the Avalon Project, an open source system for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video materials. Formerly, Ms. Weinraub was Chief Operating Officer and Service Manager for the Digital Preservation Network, a federation of more than 60 institutions working toward the long-term preservation of digital objects.   

Ms. Weinraub received her undergraduate degree in History from Boston University and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has published and presented extensively on library management, intersectional feminist leadership, open source development, user experience, and digital publishing. In 2018-19, she was an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellow.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Dean Suzanne Rosenblith and all of the members of the search committee for their outstanding service, which was vital to the successful outcome of this search. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Interim Vice Provost for University Libraries Elizabeth Adelman for her leadership of and service to University Libraries during this transitional period.

Please join me in welcoming Evviva Weinraub to UB and to this important leadership role within our campus community. For more details on this appointment, please view the full announcement here.



Charles F. Zukoski                                                                                        Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs