New vice provost for UW–Madison Libraries chosen

October 31, 2023

By Käri Knutson, University Communications

Erla P. Heyns, associate professor and associate dean for learning at Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies in West Lafayette, Ind., has been selected as the next university librarian and vice provost for University Libraries. She will join the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus on Jan. 1, 2024. Heyns has been with Purdue University since 2016. Previously, she was at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, serving as the director of the Flower/Sprecher Veterinary Library and the coordinator for the engineering, math, and physical sciences libraries. Before that, she was the head of Indiana University’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation Library.

“My deep interest and experience in staff mentoring and staff development will allow me to be an effective leader for UW–Madison Libraries and create a positive impact on organizational culture,” Heyns says. “As a passionate advocate for libraries, I am enthusiastic about collaborating across the university.”

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