De Santis has more than two decades of library service, including seven years as Deputy Director and one year as Interim Director at the Health Sciences Library. De Santis holds a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from UCLA. She also has a dozen years of experience at San Antonio’s Briscoe Library, part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Regina Kilkenny, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Resources and Services, said De Santis “has a solid track record of success” and has provided excellent leadership at the Health Sciences Library over the past year while retaining her role in operational support.
“I have been very impressed with Melissa’s passion for the library and its mission-critical work,” Kilkenny said. “She is a recognized leader in the national academic health sciences library community and is a trusted and valued colleague.”
Kilkenny said De Santis has also demonstrated her role as a collaborator in creating and sustaining relationships with other University of Colorado and academic research libraries in the region. She is knowledgeable about the major issues facing health sciences libraries and cares deeply about improving library resources and services.
Those qualities, as well as De Santis’s strategic and effective approaches to supporting students, faculty and staff, will serve her well as she collaboratively shapes plans to ensure the library remains relevant to campus needs, Kilkenny said.