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Dee Magnoni Appointed Assistant Vice President for Information Services, Director of New Brunswick Libraries

June 5, 2017
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Dee Magnoni will join Rutgers University Libraries as assistant vice president for information services and director of New Brunswick Libraries on August 7, 2017.

Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to announce that Dee Magnoni has accepted the position of assistant vice president for information services, director of New Brunswick Libraries effective August 7, 2017.

In this role, Magnoni will provide leadership for 15 libraries and centers, including Special Collections and University Archives, across eight locations at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. She will develop an expansive vision for the New Brunswick Libraries that is innovative and focused on excellence in research and student success, working closely with campus stakeholders to ensure that the collections, services, and spaces of the libraries continue to contribute to the mission and success of the university.

Magnoni comes to Rutgers from Los Alamos National Laboratory where, as library director, she leads a team of professional library faculty and staff, directs the strategy and vision of the library, and collaborates on institutional and library projects. In this role, she has overseen the implementation of a new discovery platform and leveraged institutional expertise to create effective, mutually beneficial partnerships that digitize, preserve, and secure the research output of the lab. As a member of the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, she is a recognized leader in open access and led initiatives at the lab to introduce a public institutional repository and an open access policy.

Prior to joining Los Alamos, Magnoni was tasked with creating a full-service library for a new academic institution as director of Olin College Library. In this position, she was responsible for both the long-term budgeting, strategy, policy, and direction, as well as the day-to-day operations of selecting and developing collections, resources, services, and staff. Her diverse background also includes posts in corporate librarianship; reference and multimedia librarianship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Portland State University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and her own library consultation firm. Throughout her career, Magnoni has demonstrated a commitment to professional development and innovation in librarianship, and she is currently serving as president of the Special Libraries Association.

“The New Brunswick Libraries will benefit greatly from Dee’s strengths and experience in leadership, collaboration, creative problem solving, and strategic planning,” said Krisellen Maloney, vice president for information services and university librarian. “Indeed, it is hard to imagine a candidate better suited to lead the New Brunswick Libraries’ faculty and staff, to coordinate with campus stakeholders to identify and address their needs, or to secure new opportunities through development and grants.”

“I am delighted that Dee has accepted this appointment and look forward to working with her to fulfill her vision for the New Brunswick Libraries,” added Kayo Denda, women’s studies librarian and chair of the search committee for the vacancy.

Magnoni’s arrival in New Jersey will be a homecoming of sorts, as her family has been in the Middlesex County region since the 1700s. Though her bachelor’s degrees in English and government are from Lehigh University and her master’s degree in library science is from the State University of New York at Albany, Magnoni spent much time at Alexander Library during high school and college. Her mother, Bonnie Davis, also donated a family prayer book to Special Collections and University Archives in the late 1970s.

“We are tremendously excited to welcome Dee to Rutgers,” Maloney said. “I would also like to extend special gratitude to Jeanne Boyle for serving in the interim role with her characteristic graciousness and aplomb.”