Beverly Lynch: Emerita Named Research Professor of Information Studies

Founder and director of Senior Fellows Program provided professional development for academic library management, created the California Rare Book School at UCLA.

Professor Beverly Lynch, former Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science, has announced her retirement at the end of this academic year and has received the designation of Research Professor of Information Studies in her new emerita status.

Professor Lynch’s influence within the field of librarianship has been prominent. In 1985, she was elected the 100th Vice President/President Elect of the American Library Association (ALA). Over the years, Lynch has been honored with numerous distinctions for her service to the organization and its goals. In 2009, she received ALA’s Joseph W. Lippincott Award, and in 2012, was honored with the organization’s Melvin Dewey Award. In 2015, Professor Lynch was presented with the Beta Phi Mu Award.

Professor Lynch founded and has been the director of the Senior Fellows Program at UCLA for over 25 years. This three-week professional development program combines management, strategic thinking, and theory and practice surrounding the current issues facing academic institutions and their libraries.

“Beverly had an amazing amount of senior management experience and was very successful as a leader of academic research libraries. She brought that expertise to the Senior Fellows Program,” says Associate Dean for Information Studies Anne Gilliland. “The Program is a really important professional contribution, particularly because it has helped to identify, nurture and build cohorts of emerging leaders and bring them to the fore.”

In 2005, Lynch established the California Rare Book School (CalRBS) at UCLA after serving on the board of the Rare Book School that is housed at the University of Virginia. Though relatively young, the program has quickly become one of the most respectable Rare Book Schools in the country. Prior to coming to UCLA, Professor Lynch served as a librarian and administrator at multiple universities including Yale and Marquette. Under her leadership, the library of the University of Illinois at Chicago became a major research library that was admitted to membership in the Association of Research Libraries in 1988. Shortly after, she was selected dean of what was then the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UCLA.

Professor Lynch’s visionary leadership, dedication to mentoring junior librarians, and passion for information studies has had an immeasurable impact on the field, and her presence here at UCLA will be greatly missed.