Dean's Welcome

xuemao wang

Vice Provost for Digital Scholarship and Dean and University Librarian Xuemao Wang

Welcome to the University of Cincinnati Libraries.

We have as our mission to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources.

Our ambitious vision is to become the globally engaged, intellectual commons of the university - positioning ourselves as the hub of collaboration, digital innovation and scholarly endeavor on campus.

In order to meet our mission and achieve our vision, UC Libraries must provide access and services for both today's and tomorrow's students, faculty and staff. We are ever evolving to meet those changing needs and to contribute to the research and scholarly goals of the university.

Recently, I took on an additional title and new responsibilities as the vice provost of digital scholarship. The creation of this new role, under the leadership of Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Kristi A. Nelson, is the reflection of UC’s commitment to the broad implementation of President Neville Pinto’s Next Lives Here strategic directions with a focus on our innovative agenda. This role is also a recognition and endorsement of UC Libraries’ contributions to the university, our role in supporting and partnering in the university’s core mission of teaching, learning and research, and our alignment with the strategic directions in Next Lives Here.

As the vice provost of digital scholarship, I will set and develop a vision and an iterative plan for UC-wide digital scholarship, digital knowledge, assets and research data management, digital preservation, digital publishing, open access, open education resources and open science. This will require collaborations with the office of the Provost and academic leaders enterprise-wide to create educational opportunities, community engagement and enterprise digital scholarship and research enrichment for faculty, staff and students. These collaborations will help propagate UC’s Digital Scholarship Center’s current success to a broader interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary audience with the aim on reaching enterprise-wide integration.

I plan to take an iterative approach to further articulate my vision. The first step will be to complete a round of broad consultations. This entails presenting a draft vision and road map for implementation to high-level groups within the university, such as UC’s Board of Trustees, university senior leadership, university faculty and staff leadership, and student leadership.

This fall I will lead another round of new and engaging strategic framework exercises that will determine the next 3-5 years of UC Libraries’s strategic directions and priorities.

For more on my new role as vice provost for digital scholarship:

To read our Strategic Plan:

Our vision is ambitious and far reaching, guided by the President’s Next Lives Here vision and stimulated by the Boldly Bearcat spirit. I’m excited to partner with all of my colleagues to take the next steps and to move UC’s digital innovation agenda to a new height. 

Xuemao Wang,
Vice Provost for Digital Scholarship and
Dean and University Librarian