Dean of Libraries

Dean James Mullins

James L. (Jim) Mullins

Dean of Libraries, Professor of Library Science, Purdue University Libraries

Purdue's dean of libraries, James L. Mullins, has over 35 years of library experience. He came to Purdue in 2004 from MIT, where he was associate director for administration. Prior to MIT he held senior administrative positions at Indiana University and Villanova University.

Dean Mullins received BA and MALS degrees from the University of Iowa and the PhD from Indiana University.

Mullins has served in leadership positions within the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and is a member of the ARL board of directors and is chair of the e-Science Working Group. He serves on the editorial board of College and Research Libraries. He is also on the board of directors of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI); Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS); International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL); Center for Research Libraries (CRL); and is a delegate to the Science and Technology Section of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). He was a signatory on behalf of Purdue University to the formation of DataCite in December 2009, the international consortium to assign digital object identifiers (DOIs) to datasets for citation.

Mullins has been a member of the IFLA Science and Technology Section since 2009, and prior to that was a member of the Marketing and Management Section (M&M) of IFLA. While on that committee he chaired the 2006 IFLA Management and Marketing Section's Conference, Shanghai, August 16-17, 2006. He edited the proceedings, published as Library Management and Marketing in a Multicultural World, K. G. Saur, Munchen, 2007.