Vinaya Tripuraneni is praised as the right choice to lead Wilson Library.
Vinaya Tripuraneni, who has worked in the University’s Wilson Library since 1991, including stint as interim chief librarian, last month was was named chief librarian.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Tripuraneni said of the appointment made by a University hiring committee. “I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support I have received across the campus. I have always supported the library, the University and strongly believe in our mission.”
“This is an exciting time as we explore new technologies and discover new ways to deliver information (and) fulfill the educational mission of the University,” she added.
Tripuraneni had high praise for her colleagues in the library, who she said bring diverse knowledge and perspectives.
Wayne Thurston, circulation assistant, is familiar with Tripuraneni and her ability as a librarian.
“She is a hard worker, has a heart for our library and has a vision for the library,” he said.
Tripuraneni is also working on her dissertation at the University for her doctorate in organizational leadership.
“We were very happy to hear that it happened,” said Reference-Access Services Librarian and Professor Donna Bentley.
“She is very conscious of students and their needs… Vinaya is interested in taking what’s out there in the information universe and putting the University touch on it,” Bentley said.
Executive Assistant to the Librarian Aleta Kerker also had warm praise for Tripuraneni.
“I’ve known her for at least 20 years,” she said. “She’s fantastic… knows the University and the library inside and out,” Kerker said. “I’m not surprised that it happened, I am surprised that it didn’t happen sooner… This is the best decision that the University has made.”
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