Staff Directory

Robert F. (Chip) German

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German, Robert F JR (Chip)

Senior Director, Content Stewardship and Scholarly Communication, and Program Director, Academic Preservation Trust

Scholarly Communication

Content Stewardship & Scholarly Communication

Academic Preservation Trust

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Alderman 513

Mailing Address:

University of Virginia Library
PO Box 400109
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4109

Chip German directs the Content Stewardship/Scholarly Communication area of the UVA Library and serves as the lead staff member of the Academic Preservation Trust consortium of research libraries.

In October 2014, Chip became program director of the Academic Preservation Trust, a consortium of research-university libraries with headquarters at the University of Virginia Library. In December 2014, Chip also became senior director of what is now the Content Stewardship and Scholarly Communication area of the University Library at UVA. He joined the library after serving in roles as project director for the new University Financial Model (February 2013-November 2014) and interim assistant vice president for budget and financial planning (August-November 2014).

Previously, Chip was vice president for information resources at Millersville University in Millersville, PA, from 2008 to 2013. That role included included IT and the University library. From August 2002 through July 2008, he was the vice president for information resources and chief information officer at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) in Fredericksburg, VA, where he also had responsibility for the University libraries.

Prior to his time at UMW, Chip was director of policy and strategic planning at the University of Virginia's Department of Information Technology and Communication for more than nine years. In the previous eleven years at UVA, he was chief of staff to the president, director of the University News Office, and director of University Publications. He was also on the board of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library for the five years before moving to Fredericksburg, and served as the board's president for the last two of those years.

Chip holds a master’s degree in English Language and Literature and a bachelor’s degree in English and in Biology, both from the University of Virginia. He also completed coursework for a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at UVA before his focus shifted to IT and library work.