Catherine Murray-Rust

Catherine Murray-Rust

Vice Provost for Learning Excellence and Dean of Libraries
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
United States

Catherine Murray-Rust has administrative responsibility for several academic programs, 160 faculty and staff, almost 500,000 square feet of central campus space, and a library budget of about $14 million.

She previously served as the Dean of Libraries at Colorado State University, and Associate University Librarian at Oregon State University. She worked at Cornell University Libraries for more than 20 years in a variety of positions, including reference librarian, training and implementation librarian in the Systems Office, and Associate University Librarian. Her final position at Cornell was Director of Campus Delivery for the university’s project to reengineer business systems and install new software. From 1973 to 1977, she worked for Reuters News Agency and Oxfam/VOCAD in London.

Murray-Rust’s educational background includes a charter in Librarianship from the Library Association of Great Britain (1976), a graduate degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of London (1974) and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Mount Holyoke College. She also completed graduate studies in international nutrition at Cornell University (1979), graduate coursework and independent study in African politics and international relations at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania (1971–72) and participated in an internship with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1969).

She currently serves as Georgia Tech’s representative to the Association of Research Libraries, is a board member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries and Georgia’s Galileo and RACL executive committees. She is treasurer of BioOne, a non-profit publishing initiative based in Washington, DC. She has been a mentor both in the Library Administration and Management Association’s (LAMA) leadership initiative and the Association of Research Libraries diversity program. She was recently appointed to ARL’s Diversity and Leadership Development Committee

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