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Christopher Prom Named Interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian for University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

photo of Christopher Prom outside Foellinger Auditorium on the UIUC campus
Christopher Prom, image courtesy of
University of Illinois

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has appointed Christopher J. Prom to serve as the Interim Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian (Designate) pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

Prom is a professor in the University Library and currently serves in two administrative roles: acting associate vice chancellor for research and innovation—Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields and associate dean for digital strategies—University Library. From 2000 to 2018, he served as assistant university archivist in the University of Illinois Archives.

Prom holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marquette University and a PhD in history from the University of Illinois. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and previously served as SAA’s publications editor and chair of the SAA Publications Board. Prom researches, presents, and teaches on topics related to digital archives and the preservation of digital cultural heritage materials. He is currently directing two sponsored projects on email archives and email archiving. He is also co-chair of the program committee for iPres 2023, an international digital preservation conference, which will be held at the University of Illinois in September 2023.

Prom will serve as interim dean while the university concludes its search for a successor to John Wilkin, who stepped down November 30, 2022, after leading the University of Illinois Library since 2013.

For more information about Prom and this appointment, see the University of Illinois Library news release “Prom Named Interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian.”