Diane Dallis-Comentale Named Ruth Lilly Dean of Academic Libraries at Indiana University


From Indiana University Bloomington Libraries:

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Diane Dallis-Comentale, who has served as Acting Dean of Libraries at IU since July 1, 2021, has been named the new Ruth Lilly Dean of Academic Libraries at Indiana University effective April 15, under subject to approval by the IU Board of Directors.

Provost and Executive Vice President Rahul Shrivastav made the announcement on Wednesday, March 23. Dallis-Comentale previously served as Associate Dean for IU Library Planning and Administration. “I would like to thank Diane Dallis-Comentale for her exemplary leadership during a time of transition – and particularly during a global pandemic – which required an innovative approach to supporting a student body that was largely online,” said Shrivastav. . “I’m impressed with her vision for libraries, which will play an important role in supporting IU’s third century growth, and I look forward to working with her on our next set of cutting-edge innovations.”

Dallis-Comentale was appointed Associate Dean for IU Library Administration and Planning in June 2018. Throughout her career, she has overseen strategic planning and evaluation, business and financial services, communications and human ressources. She led the creation of transformative new services and renovations at Wells Library, including the Learning Commons, the Moving Image Archive, the Scholars’ Commons and the creation of the Grad Commons space for a new generation of scholars. Prior to this role, Dallis-Comentale served as Associate Academic Librarian for Research and Teaching at the University of Chicago Library for a year, where she led new initiatives and services and created or strengthened partnerships. with several major units on campus.

“It is an honor to lead the librarians and staff of this outstanding organization who have demonstrated a positive impact on the university’s teaching and research mission,” said Dallis-Comentale. “IU Libraries, including IU Press, have been national leaders of change and innovation, and we stand ready to build on our past successes with new, integrative approaches to campus-wide scholarship, various collections and educational enrichment. I am proud to join a leadership team ready to advance the University’s position in higher education, and libraries will be an integral part of a stronger future for IU.

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