Dean of the University Libraries

Dean of Libraries


Keith Webster is the Dean of Libraries for Carnegie Mellon University.

Prior to his appointment to Carnegie Mellon, Keith was vice president and director of academic relations and strategy for the global publishing company John Wiley and Sons. He was formerly dean of libraries and university librarian at the University of Queensland in Australia, one of the largest libraries in the southern hemisphere, where he supervised a staff of 250. His prior positions include university librarian at Victoria University in New Zealand, and head of information rights at HM Treasury, London, United Kingdom.

Keith obtained his Bachelor of Science in Library Studies and Computer Science from Loughborough University in the UK, a master’s degree in Management of Libraries and Information Services from the Graduate School of the University of Wales (Aberystwyth), and is completing a master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from the University of Queensland.

He has been a principal investigator on significant government and foundation grants in Australia, England and Scotland, one of them supporting the creation of a digital archive, Text Queensland, which he directed. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Information Standards Organization, and among many other professional contributions was a trustee of the John Campbell Trust, and chair of the deans and directors of libraries of the Universitas21 consortium.