Janice Welburn, dean of university libraries at Marquette University, has been elected secretary of the board of directors of the Center for Research Libraries. This is the second consecutive year Welburn has been elected to the board of directors of the Center for Research Libraries, which is an international consortium of 260 university, college and independent research libraries supporting advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences and social sciences by preserving critical primary source material and making it accessible to faculty, students and other researchers.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to making vital research resources available to those who are advancing knowledge on a daily basis,” Welburn said. “I look forward to continuing my work with the Center for Research Libraries as they support advanced research and teaching around the world.”
Welburn has a longstanding commitment to library services, particularly in higher education. She received her undergraduate degree from Bishop College, and both her master of arts in American history and master of science in library and information studies from Atlanta University. Welburn has held librarian positions at New York University, The Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University and Princeton University. She previously served as associate dean of libraries at the University of Arizona from 2003 to 2006, following 13 years of service at the University of Iowa.
Since coming to Marquette in 2006, Welburn has an extensive history of professional and academic service, including her current work on the Reaffirmation of Accreditation Steering Committee, First Year Reading Experience Steering Committee and Committee on Academic Technologies. Welburn has been chair for the past three years of the board of directors for the Catholic Research Resources Alliance, and she formerly served on the board of directors for the Association of College and Research Libraries. Welburn has published and made numerous presentations in her fields of interests in librarianship, as well as taught online lyceum courses in fund development and conflict management as an adjunct faculty member of the Association for Research Libraries.