Nandita Mani, associate University librarian for the health sciences and director of the Health Sciences Library at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been named Dean of University Libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mani’s last day at Carolina will be July 4, 2022.
“Since coming to UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016, Nandita has provided outstanding leadership of the Health Sciences Library, ensuring its role as a scientific information center for campus, for the UNC Medical Center, for the state of North Carolina and with Carolina’s global partners,” said Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian Elaine L. Westbrooks.
Mani has been integral in fostering collaborations and partnerships across the University and with the health care system. She helped lead development of a library framework to support data sciences at Carolina. Through her strong commitment to global health information, Mani has furthered the University’s partnerships in Malawi and China and has created a new librarian position at HSL for community outreach and global health. Throughout the pandemic, members of the Health Sciences Library staff have provided urgent support to front-line providers and public health researchers as they sought accurate and current information about COVID-19.
Mani is a frequent author, speaker and presenter on issues related to health librarianship, informatics, data science and global health. She was a 2018 fellow for the Leading Change Institute and is a member of the 2021-22 class of Leadership Fellows from the Association of Research Libraries.
Following Mani’s departure, Michelle Cawley, head of Clinical Academic and Research Engagement at the Health Sciences Library, will serve as interim associate University librarian for health sciences.