UM Libraries Embark on an Innovative Partnership

Mitsunori Ogihara Named Associate Dean for Digital Library Innovation
January 5, 2012
Coral Gables, Florida

The University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences and the University Libraries announce that Dr. Mitsunori Ogihara has been named Associate Dean for Digital Library Innovation, effective January 1, 2012. He will hold joint appointments in the Center for Computational Science and the College. Also, under an innovative and unique partnership to more closely align library and College of Arts and Sciences digital programs, the Libraries will contract a percentage of Dr. Ogihara’s time to lead the UM Virtual Library Program, especially in the digital humanities.

“We are very happy to have Mitsu Ogihara lead the University’s Virtual Library Program. As a computer scientist, he is the perfect match for this integrated position. And as a faculty member of the College, his appointment creates a stronger alliance between Arts and Sciences and the Library. I am excited about the new opportunities for scholarship that this program will provide to our UM community. I wish him well in this new position, and I am confident his faculty colleagues will welcome his endeavors in finding new digital avenues and resources to support their both research and teaching,” said Leonidas Bachas, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“The Library’s future collection, workspaces, and scholarly tools are rapidly becoming digital,” said William Walker, dean and university librarian. “In the Libraries, we are very excited that Mitsu Ogihara is joining our team to guide and advance the University’s Virtual Library Program. I know of no better partner than Mitsu to help us unite library and academic resources to advance scholarly communication at UM.”

Professor Ogihara is Director of Data Mining in UM’s Center for Computational Science. Dr. Ogihara received his Ph.D. in Information Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan). Prior to joining the University of Miami, Professor Ogihara headed the Computer Science department at the University of Rochester for eight years. He has published extensively in the areas of complexity theory and data mining; his most recent book “Music Data Mining” was published by CRC in 2011.

About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami is a community of scholars and students that encourages the quest for a deeper understanding of the human experience and fosters a personal commitment to lifelong learning, intellectual growth, and the enduring values of the liberal arts. The College seeks to create an intellectual environment that enhances individual growth and supports scholarly activities and creative endeavors that augment human knowledge and understanding. Looking to the future, the College will seek to enrich its intellectual capital, create stronger graduate programs, and provide a vital education to an increasingly stronger cohort of undergraduate students. Its strategic plan outlines a roadmap for building excellence and opportunity that will enable the University to achieve its goal of exhibiting the research and educational characteristics of a private university in the Association of American Universities within the next decade.

About the UM Libraries
The University of Miami Libraries ( rank among the top 50 research libraries in North America. With a combined collection of 3.3 million volumes, the Libraries are strategically focused on building the University of Miami Virtual Library, growing the Libraries’ special collections, and engaging the Libraries in the research, teaching, and learning enterprises of the University, especially through the application of transformative technologies and new media.
The Otto G. Richter Library lies in the heart of the campus and serves as the central library for the University. Other University of Miami Libraries include the Paul Buisson Architecture Library, the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Library. The University also has independent medical and law libraries. The rare and rich primary sources held in the Libraries’ Special Collections and Cuban Heritage Collection provide the foundation for original scholarship in the humanities, arts, and the social sciences. The Libraries’ collections are especially strong in manuscripts, images, and books from the diasporas of Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin America. Particularly noteworthy are the Josephine Johnson British Poetry Collection and the Helen Carmichael Purdy Florida Collections.
The Libraries provide support and services for approximately 10,400 undergraduates, 5,200 graduate students, and 13,000 full- and part-time faculty and staff.

The Library’s Digital Initiatives group ( is responsible for the creation and expansion of digital technologies, services, and unique resources that facilitate and enhance learning, teaching, and research. This is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and following best practices in the field of digital librarianship. The Digital Initiatives group uses the CONTENTdm digital image management software to provide access to over 30,000 locally created digital images. The Library also has extensive experience with open source software, and has implemented open source systems such as Drupal, ETD-db, Archon, and WordPress in its projects and operations. As one of its signature programs, the Digital Initiatives group periodically offers Digital Library Fellowships to Coral Gables campus faculty interested in creating innovative new electronic scholarly content.