Dr. Winston Tabb

Dean of University Libraries and Director, the Sheridan Libraries, The Johns Hopkins University

Winston Tabb became dean of university libraries and director of the Sheridan Libraries in September 2002. He had been associate librarian at the Library of Congress. As dean of the libraries, Tabb directs the integration of new information technologies throughout the university’s libraries and promotes the role of the libraries within the academic community. He also leads and coordinates Johns Hopkins’ entire system of libraries, which includes the Welch Medical Library and its satellite libraries; the Mason Library at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.; the Friedheim Library at the Peabody Conservatory; and libraries at the Johns Hopkins regional campuses and centers for part-time study in Washington, D.C.; Rockville, Md.; Columbia, Md.; and downtown Baltimore.

He is also director of the Sheridan Libraries, which include the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at the Homewood campus; the George Peabody Library at Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore; the Garrett Collection at Evergreen House; and the Hutzler Undergraduate Reading Room at Homewood.

Before coming to Johns Hopkins, Tabb had been at the Library of Congress since 1972, in a variety of roles. As associate librarian since 1992, he had managed 53 of the library’s divisions and offices with more than 2,400 employees. Within his areas of responsibility were cataloging, circulation, the reading rooms, special collections, archives, preservation and the presentation of digital materials online.

A native of Tulsa, Okla., Tabb graduated from the Oklahoma Baptist University and went to Harvard University as a Woodrow Wilson fellow, earning a master’s degree before serving in the U.S. Army as an instructor of English in Thailand. He earned his degree in library science from Simmons College in 1972 and was one of six outstanding graduates recruited that year to join the professional staff of the Library of Congress.