John P. Culshaw was appointed university librarian at the University of Iowa effective August 1, 2013. Prior to his appointment at Iowa, Culshaw was a member of the University Libraries faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder for nearly 22 years, serving most recently serving as senior associate dean of libraries.
Culshaw received a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, pursued additional graduate study in history at Marquette University, and earned an MS degree in information studies from Drexel University. He is the co-author of Managing Information Technology: A Handbook for Systems Librarians (Libraries Unlimited, 2004), and has presented widely on topics related to library information technology and managing libraries for the future. He was twice elected chair of the international Innovative Users Group and is an active member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). He is also a 2012 alumnus of the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries.
As University Librarian, Culshaw leads the Libraries in providing exceptional library collections, services, and spaces to the university community. He is currently guiding the Libraries through self-study and academic program review.
John Culshaw will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 4Cast conference:
“Gutenberg’s Kindle: The persistence of printed books in a Snapchat world” If there is no future to the printed book, why are many library patrons concerned when libraries downsize their physical collections? John Culshaw, University Librarian, will discuss some of the current issues surrounding the future of books in academic libraries including trends in managing physical collections, changes in the e-book environment, and the need for special collections and archives. "