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Adriene Lim

Adriene Lim

Adriene Lim

Senior Librarian & Library Strategies Consultant (Librarian IV)
Dean's Office

As she transitions to full retirement in June 2025, Dr. Adriene Lim is serving as a part-time Senior Librarian and Library Strategies Consultant at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Lim was the Dean of Libraries at UMD from 2019-2024, where she provided administrative leadership and vision for the campus’s large library organization. She initiated and served as co-leader of UMD PACT, a cross-campus group charged with advancing sustainable, equitable scholarly publishing, facilitating open research and scholarship, and promoting open education. She also served as the campus’s designated lead for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) HELIOS (Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship) project.

Prior to joining UMD, Dr. Lim was Dean of Libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair at the University of Oregon, and held dean-level and/or managerial leadership positions at Oakland University, Portland State University, Wayne State University, and the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET). In addition to serving most recently as chair of the Association of Research Libraries' Advocacy and Public Policy Committee and past-chair of the University System of Maryland Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) consortium, Dr. Lim served previously on the boards for the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and the Academic Preservation Trust. She was also a member of the executive committee and other strategic groups for the Big Ten Academic Alliance Libraries Group.

Dr. Lim earned her Ph.D. in library and information science (LIS) at Simmons University. A first-generation college student and native of Detroit, she holds a master’s degree in LIS and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, both summa cum laude, from Wayne State University. She has published numerous articles and book chapters, and given presentations about managerial leadership, technology, diversity, and other topics at the international, national, and state levels. Dr. Lim has received several community and collaborative awards over the years, including the Loleta D. Fyan Award for creative library service from the Michigan Library Association, the Butler Award for excellence in faculty service at Portland State, and a full, competitive scholarship for her doctoral program at Simmons University. Lim was named Distinguished Alumna of the School of Information Science at Wayne State University in 2018.


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