New dean of USC libraries takes the helm

USC Dean of Libraries David Banush

The University of South Carolina welcomed David Banush as its new dean of libraries Nov. 1. His vision for the future of USC Libraries is one of openness and inclusion.

“The Libraries serve everyone, and it’s especially important for our staffing, collections, and programs to reflect the diversity of the campus and the broader community. Making the Libraries more welcoming and inclusive is a high priority that I’ll be working to realize,” he says.

Banush most recently served as dean of libraries and academic information resources at Tulane University, a role he assumed in 2015. He previously served as associate university librarian for access services and collections at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to that appointment, he served in several roles of increasing responsibility at Cornell University Library in Ithaca, New York.

Banush earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Michigan, his Master of Arts in English and American literature from New York University and his Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

University of South Carolina Libraries is a premier academic research and scholarship resource for students, faculty, scholars and researchers worldwide. Its libraries and units include Thomas Cooper Library, South Caroliniana Library, the Music Library, the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, South Carolina Political Collections, Moving Image Research Collections, Oral History, Digital Collections and Government Information and Maps.

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