Brenda L. Johnson has served as the Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University Bloomington since March 2010. Indiana University Bloomington is one of the leading academic research library systems in the country with a collection of over 8.2 million volumes and 17 libraries. Dean Johnson is responsible for planning and policy direction for human resources matters, budget, facilities, collection development, public and technical services, library technology, marketing and fundraising, capital improvements, and development. She provides leadership, coordination and administration of library technology, digital library development, and oversees tenure and promotion matters.
Dean Johnson was previously the University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was responsible for all oversight of the UCSB Libraries. Before joining the UCSB faculty, she served as Interim Co-University Librarian of the University of Michigan Libraries. She served the University of Michigan Libraries in various roles for more than 20 years, where she distinguished herself as Associate University Librarian for Public Services with responsibilities for their 19 libraries. Dean Johnson was working at the University of Michigan when the first discussions began about the Google book digitization project.
Representing the university in the national and international library community, Dean Johnson serves on the Executive Committee of HathiTrust, the Board of Directors of CLOCKSS, and is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). She also currently serves on the ARL Steering Committee for Transforming Research Libraries.
Indiana University is a founding partner of leading research universities working together to create Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment). OLE is an inventive open source software system designed to reflect the changing nature of library materials and new approaches to scholarly works. Dean Johnson serves on the Kuali OLE Board of Directors.
Throughout her career Dean Johnson has pioneered innovative services such as integrating librarians directly into the academic process and launching a variety of virtual services. She has also created programs to recognize innovation in librarians and to integrate library resources into course management systems and recently authored an article for ARL publications on transforming roles for academic librarians.