The University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences and the University Libraries have announced that Mitsunori Ogihara has been named associate dean for digital library innovation. 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 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 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.”
Ogihara is director of data mining in UM’s Center for Computational Science. He received his Ph.D. in information science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan). Prior to joining the University of Miami, 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.