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Nandita Mani Appointed Dean of Libraries for University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Nandita Mani

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst has named Nandita Mani the next dean of Libraries, effective August 1, 2022.

Mani is currently associate university librarian for Health Sciences and director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. In her role at UNC, Mani led the development of the University Libraries’ data-science framework, which articulated how the Libraries can contribute to campus-wide data-science initiatives. She was also part of the UNC Libraries’ Reckoning Initiative to build anti-racism into the Libraries’ policies, procedures, and approaches. Additionally, she has overseen the Health Sciences Library’s fundraising efforts.

In the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Mani is a 2021–2022 ARL Leadership Fellow and serves on the 2022 Fall Forum Planning Group and the Academy Advisory Committee 2020–2022.

Mani earned her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University of Edmonton, Alberta, and her master’s in library and information science and PhD in instructional technology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

At UMass Amherst, Mani will succeed Simon Neame, who took the position of dean of University Libraries at the University of Washington, beginning September 1, 2021. Sarah Hutton has been serving as interim dean at UMass since August 22, 2021.

For more information about Mani and her appointment, see the UMass news release, “New Dean of Libraries Starts August 1.”