The University of Iowa (UI) has appointed UI university librarian John P. Culshaw as the first holder of the Jack B. King University Librarian Chair, effective April 19, 2018.
The Jack B. King University Librarian Chair was established and endowed in 2017 through gifts from two generations of the King family. Jack B. and Geraldine “Jerry” King combined their estate gift with funds from the Iva B. King trust, which was established by Jack’s parents, Fred (a 1928 UI alumnus) and Iva King. The UI Libraries supplemented the King family gift with funds from the Friends of the UI Libraries to establish the endowed chair. The endowment will fund critical needs and strategic opportunities within the UI Libraries.
Culshaw has served as the university librarian at The University of Iowa since 2013. He currently serves on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors as well as the ARL Leadership Fellows Advisory Group, and was an ARL Leadership Fellow in 2011–2012. Culshaw is a member and chair of the Board of Governors of the HathiTrust Digital Library and member of the Executive Committee of the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance. In 2018 he will complete a term as a director-at-large on the Board of the Association of College & Research Libraries.
For more information, see the April 18, 2018, news release by The University of Iowa Libraries, “Libraries Announce New Endowed Chair.”