Kimberly Armstrong will serve as the director of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Center for Library Initiatives, effective March 1. Working with CIC library directors, Armstrong will manage one of the most distinctive library collaborations in the country, overseeing $30 million in licensing, the development of a 250,000-volume storage facility, and a growing digital collection of 7 million volumes.
Armstrong earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in music from Appalachian State University, and an M.S. in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked more than 20 years in academic libraries and consortia, the most recent eight years as deputy director at the CIC Center for Library Initiatives, where she was a 2015 U. of I. Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence award winner. She has led and managed collections, licensing and public service units and programs, and is a frequent speaker and writer on open access, scholarly communication and large-scale collaboration.
Armstrong succeeds Mark Sandler, who is retiring Feb. 29 after more than nine years of service to the CIC.
Antoinette Burton, a professor of history and the Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, has been named director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, pending the approval of the U. of I. Board of Trustees. Burton, a noted historian of the British Empire and of women, gender and feminism, has served as IPRH interim director since May 2015. Her new appointment is effective March 16.
The IPRH supports interdisciplinary study in the humanities, arts and social sciences, work that leads to a deeper understanding of people, societies, artifacts and events, locally as well as globally, in past and present contexts.
Burton earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1983, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1984 and 1990. She has deep administrative, research, teaching and public outreach experience, and has received a number of awards for her work, including both Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.
As director, she will provide leadership and vision for the program, promoting excellence in research and supporting dialogue that enhances the vibrancy of intellectual and cultural life at Illinois.