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Keith Webster - Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA, US

Keith Webster

Dean of Libraries | Carnegie Mellon University


Keith Webster’s professional interests include research evaluation, learning space design and trends in scholarly communication.


Keith Webster was appointed dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University in July 2013 and was additionally appointed as director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives in July 2015 and Posner Dean’s Chair in 2021. Webster’s professional interests include research evaluation, learning space design and trends in scholarly communication. He is a regular speaker on topics such as the future of research libraries and the impact of open science on publishing and libraries.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Trends in Scholarly Communication

Research Evaluation

Learning Space Design

Future of Research Libraries

Impact of Open Science on Publishing and Libraries

Media Appearances (5)

The internet was built on open source software — it’s more important today than ever | Opinion

The Hill  online


As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, there remains a feeling that the ground beneath us is not yet stable. Ongoing effects such as the inflation crisis and longstanding concerns such as climate change continue to affect our everyday lives.

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CMU Sustainability Initiative Finds a Permanent Home

Carnegie Mellon University  online


Under the leadership of Helen and Henry Posner, Jr. Dean of the University Libraries Keith Webster(opens in new window), the Libraries has evolved its offerings and spaces in response to the needs of its users. "Our 21st century library must reflect the needs of 21st century learners so that we can continue to enrich the Carnegie Mellon experience." said Webster. "The community made it clear through their feedback that they desired a physical location to connect across the Global Goals. In this first-of-its-kind space for CMU, we have designed an environment for our best and brightest minds to come together to find solutions to the world's biggest problems."

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Librarians at Pittsburgh universities praise new rule broadening access to scientific research

90.5 WESA  online


Dean of Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University Keith Webster predicts this move will help democratize research. "It will improve the integrity of science. It will increase public trust in taxpayer-funded research. And it will promote equity in the research enterprise. It's an exciting time."

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The Posner Foundation gifts $16 million to CMU

The Business Journals  online


"The Posner Family has been a friend of the university libraries for decades, and I am incredibly honored to be the first Posner Dean for the University Libraries," said Keith Webster, who has served as Dean of Libraries since 2013. "This endowment will allow us to advance key initiatives, elevate the profile of the University Libraries and attract the next generation of academic library leaders to CMU."

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Interview with Keith Webster on the rapid pace of change in research libraries

OCLC Video  online


Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University sits down for an in-depth interview with OCLC Research Senior Program Officer Rebecca Bryant. They discuss how academic libraries have changed in the last two decades and Keith reflects on the growth of digital content and the rapidly evolving scholarly record.

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Interview with Keith Webster on the rapid pace of change in research libraries



Industry Expertise (1)

Library and Information Management

Education (2)

Aberystwyth University:: M.Lib., Management of Libraries and Information Services

Loughborough University: B.S., Computer Science, Library Studies

Articles (1)

Student experiences of open educational practices: A systematic literature review

Journal of E-Learning and Knowledge Society

2020 The purpose of this literature review was to gain a deeper understanding of student experiences of open educational practices (OEP). The research was conducted against the backdrop of a small, publicly funded university in Canada that offers a masters-level program delivered largely though open learning environments. A systematic literature review identified both benefits and challenges to OEP, related to open learning digital environments, tools and activities as well as institutional services and supports. Students further experienced benefits in working with others, developing a sense of self, and increased learning engagement.

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