Winston Tabb is Sheridan Dean of University Libraries, Archives, and Museums at Johns Hopkins University. He oversees library services in the five Sheridan Libraries and coordinates library services provided by all schools of the university through the University Library Directors Council (LDC), which he chairs. He also overseen the university’s historic house museums, Homewood Museum and Evergreen Museum & Library. He served as Hopkins’ first Vice Provost for the Arts.

On December 22, 2021, Johns Hopkins President Ron Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar announced Dean Tabb’s plans to retire in 2022. The university will form a search committee to identify a new leader for the Sheridan Libraries & University Museums, and Dean Tabb will remain in place until a successor is in place to ensure a smooth transition.

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Previous Positions

Prior to becoming dean at Johns Hopkins, Dean Tabb served at the Library of Congress for 30 years, the last 13 as Deputy Librarian and Associate Librarian of Congress for Library Services. Dean Tabb has long been active in national and international library activities. He was nominated by President Obama to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Advisory Board and confirmed by the US Senate in 2010. He served the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) as Chair of the Professional Committee, Chair of the Committee on Copyright and Other Legal Matters 2003-2011, and is now IFLA’s official representative to the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva. In 2012, Dean Tabb was named an Honorary Fellow of IFLA, the association’s highest honor.

Dean Tabb is a past President of the Association of Research Libraries and also serves on numerous boards, including the Simmons College Board of Trustees, American Library in Paris Advisory Council, and Academic Preservation Trust. He chairs the selection committee for the One Maryland One Book program, and served 10 years as a member of the Visiting Committee to the Harvard University Libraries. He has received the two highest awards presented by the American Library Association, the Joseph W. Lippincott Award (2007) and the Melvil Dewey Medal (1996), as well as ALA’s John Ames Humphry Award (2007) for significant contributions to international librarianship and L. Ray Patterson Award (2012) for contributions to U.S. copyright law.

standing photo portrait of winston tabb by jennifer bishop
Dean Winston Tabb, by Jennifer Bishop, 2022.

Contact the Dean’s Office

Name Contact Location Subject Areas
Tabb, Winston
Dean of the University Libraries, Archives & Museums
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Wiggins, Leslie
Administrative Coordinator
Milton S. Eisenhower Library