Susan Gibbons became Yale’s university librarian on July 1, 2011, and was named a deputy provost on January 1, 2015. On July 1, 2016, she was reappointed by the university president and provost to a new five-year term in both roles. As deputy provost for collections and scholarly communication, Gibbons is assigned to all of Yale’s galleries, museums, and other holdings, and is responsible for convening and fostering collaboration among these scholarly resources. This portfolio includes the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and other campus collections, in addition to the university-wide library system and Yale University Press.
Gibbons holds MLS and M.A. degrees in history from Indiana University, a professional MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Rochester. Prior to coming to Yale, she held library positions at Indiana University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Rochester, where she directed digital library initiatives before being appointed in 2008 as vice provost and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries. Since her arrival at Yale, she has overseen a transformation of the library system to align it more closely with the university’s academic mission, and has worked to develop a number of key institutional partnerships, notably in the area of data management and access.