According to UChicagoNews “Garrett P. Kiely, a leader in academic publishing who has expanded and elevated the work of the University of Chicago Press, has been reappointed as its director. He will serve a third five-year term beginning Sept. 1.

Kiely will continue to lead the nation’s largest academic press, which publishes award-winning books and journals for both scholarly and general interest audiences. The Press also serves as the largest distributor of academic publications in the United States through its Chicago Distribution Center.

“Garrett’s leadership continues to be essential to the Press at a time of great change in publishing,” Provost Daniel Diermeier said. “In the face of such seismic shifts, Garrett has not only grown the work of the Press and extended its global reach, but fostered a closer connection to the University of Chicago and its faculty.”

In September, the Press will publish the 17th edition of its most famous title, The Chicago Manual of Style, in print and electronic versions. Under Kiely’s leadership, all new works appear simultaneously in print and digital editions, and the Press has expanded its print-on-demand program, which ensures titles are available around the world.

Kiely joined the Press in 2007 after more than 20 years at Palgrave Macmillan USA, a division of St. Martin’s Press, where he served as president, vice president of the Scholarly and Reference Division, and both sales and marketing director. He recently served as chair of a task force that developed a new membership structure for the Association of American University Presses.”

The Cornell Chronicle conducted this interview with Gerald Beasley who became Cornell’s 12th Carl A. Kroch University Librarian Aug. 1.

“What are you most looking forward to about working at Cornell?

I’m most looking forward to working with a great set of colleagues. Everything I’ve heard tells me I’m going to be working with an outstanding team.

CUL is quite rightly regarded as one of the greatest research libraries of the world – and it has global impact, which is very important to me. It has outstanding services and a reach that goes across the world, and I love that.

What do you want Cornellians to know about you?

I work mainly on the value system that I think Cornell already possesses. I believe that information is a great social good, and needs to be open and available to all, and preserved not only for this generation but future generations as well.

All libraries provide opportunities for personal transformation as well as social transformation. Any individual can come into a library – virtually or physically – and they can find out something they never expected to find out.

I believe as well that libraries have the potential for democratic, citizen-based social transformation through the spread of knowledge.

What would you want students and faculty to know about the library?

That it’s here for them. That’s the main thing – we really want to see academic outcomes that are made more enjoyable by the library experience. We should be not just good but outrageously good. Students and faculty should think, “Great, I’ve got a couple of hours – I want to spend it in the library or connected to the library.” We want researchers to have an opportunity to collaborate with the library at every stage of their research life cycle, from conception to dissemination…”