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Donna Hayward Named Interim University Librarian and Dean of Libraries for University of Michigan

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Donna Hayward

The University of Michigan (U-M) has appointed Donna L. Hayward interim university librarian and dean of libraries, effective July 1, 2022. Hayward has served as associate dean of libraries at U-M since 2016, after holding a variety of leadership positions at the U-M Library starting in 2001.

As associate dean of libraries, Hayward has led the collaborative development of a strategic framework that provides structure to the library’s efforts to better serve the university’s 21st-century research, learning, and teaching activities. In recent years, she has worked to transform library spaces to better serve U-M students, faculty, staff, and the community. Other recent initiatives include shoring up digital preservation efforts and developing a collection-services strategy to enable informed decision-making, now and in the future.

At U-M, Hayward will serve as interim university librarian and dean of libraries while the university searches for a successor to James Hilton, who will step down from his library roles June 30, 2022, after almost a decade of leadership. Hilton will continue to serve as vice provost for academic innovation at U-M.

For more information about this transition, see the University of Michigan news release “Donna Hayward Appointed Interim Leader of U-M Libraries.”