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Torsten Reimer Named University Librarian and Dean of University Library for University of Chicago

Torsten Reimer
Torsten Reimer

The University of Chicago has appointed Torsten Reimer as university librarian and dean of the University Library, effective March 15, 2022.

Reimer is currently head of Content and Research Services at the British Library, where he oversees content and research services strategies, contemporary acquisitions, content processing (including legal deposit), digital collection preservation and management, and related scholarly infrastructures. He is the British Library’s strategic expert for scholarly communications, including open access, research data, and alternative publishing models.

Prior to coming to the British Library in 2016, Reimer served as scholarly communications officer at Imperial College London (2013–2016) and program manager for digital infrastructure at Jisc (2010–2013). Prior to that, he held several positions at King’s College London and coordinated an international network supporting digital scholarship in the arts and humanities.

Reimer holds a magister artium and PhD in history, both from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He currently serves as an executive board member of DataCite, a global nonprofit organization that provides persistent identifiers for research data and other research outputs. He is also chair of the digital shift working group of Research Libraries UK, chair of the advisory board for the library system of the University of Cologne, and vice chair of the Open Repositories conference.

At the University of Chicago, Reimer will succeed Brenda Johnson, who retired November 30, 2021, after leading the library since 2015. Elisabeth Long has served as the interim library director and university librarian since December 1, 2021.

For more information about Reimer and his appointment, see the December 10, 2021, UChicago News article, “Torsten Reimer Appointed University Librarian and Dean of the University Library