Rebecca Dunkle, AUL for Library Operations, University of Michigan Library

Books are a uniquely portable magic. ~Stephen King

Originally from Pennsylvania, Rebecca made her way to Michigan via the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston. Completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Education at U-M, and then taking a “temporary” job in the library, she later earned a graduate degree at the U-M School of Information and has enjoyed a varied and very interesting career at the University Library.

Starting her career when there was not a computer on every desk, and cell phones were a science fiction dream, Rebecca has managed significant digital projects and watched the renewed interest by students and researchers in the physical space of the library, even in this digital age. She is now responsible for the Facilities and Operations for the University Library system, which includes the Hatcher Graduate Library, Shapiro Undergraduate and Science Library, Music Library, Fine Arts Library, Duderstadt Center and Art, Architecture and Engineering Library, Special Collections (Rare Book) Library, Papyrology, Askwith Media Library and Clark Library for Maps, Government Information and Data Services.Active in several library and campus organizations, Rebecca formerly chaired the Board of the Ann Arbor Book Festival.