After a national search for a new dean of libraries, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has appointed Kasia Gonnerman to the position, starting April 1.
Currently the director of Vanderbilt University’s Central Library, Gonnerman joins UAB’s library at a time when more than $2 million has been invested in its collections, resources and personnel, including an additional $498,000 dedicated to physical renovations. In addition, within the past five years, the school has increased library funding for scholarly resources by 20 percent and hired nine library faculty positions within the past five years.
“I am excited to join a growing research institution such as UAB, and I look forward to finding more ways for its libraries to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and expand innovative programming and outreach,” Gonnerman said.
She holds a master’s in English linguistics with a specialization in American literature from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland and a master’s in library and information science from the Dominican University in Illinois.