Dr. Adriene Lim is the Dean of Libraries at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she provides administrative leadership and vision for a large library system consisting of eight libraries. Before joining the University of Maryland in August 2019, Dr. Lim was Dean of Libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair at the University of Oregon. She also served as Dean of Libraries at Oakland University in Michigan, and served in a variety of leadership roles at Portland State University in Oregon, including Interim University Librarian. In her early career, Lim served as Head of Digital Library Services at Wayne State University and the Systems Librarian/ Head of Database Management for the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET).
Lim earned her Ph.D. in library and information science (LIS), specializing in managerial leadership, at Simmons University in Boston. A first-generation college student and native of Detroit, she holds a master’s degree in LIS and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, both summa cum laude, from Wayne State University. She has published numerous articles and book chapters, and given presentations about managerial leadership, technology, diversity, and other topics at the international, national, and state levels, and has been active in the American Library Association (ALA), the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She currently serves on the boards of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).
In addition to receiving several community and collaborative awards over the years, Lim was honored with the Loleta D. Fyan Award for creative library service from the Michigan Library Association and the Butler Award for excellence in faculty service at Portland State. She also received a full, competitive scholarship for the doctoral program at Simmons University and a scholarship to participate as a fellow in the Frye Leadership Institute. She was elected to serve on the national LITA Board and ALA Council in 2010-2013. Among her scholarly articles, Lim was the author of a paper on readability published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, named among the “Top 20 Articles in 2010” by the Library Instruction Round Table of the American Library Association.