June 16, 2020
If a survey of faculty members’ anticipation of the fall semester could be summed up in one word, “uncertainty” would be a top candidate. The survey was designed, sent to and returned by 1,224 faculty...Read More
June 4, 2020
Members of UNC’s faculty have begun to push back at what they perceive as potential threats to their health in the University’s plans to reopen in the fall. As of Thursday morning, more than 500...Read More
April 17, 2020
Carolina’s faculty have elected Mimi Chapman ’97 (PhD) to be chair of the faculty for the next three years. She will succeed history Professor Lloyd Kramer on July 1. Chapman is a professor of social...Read More
The University has selected Elaine L. Westbrooks as its new University librarian and vice provost for University Libraries. Westbrooks, who will start work Aug. 15, succeeds Sarah Michalak, who retired in December after leading the libraries since 2004.
Westbrooks comes from the University of Michigan, where she was associate university librarian for research. At Ann Arbor, she led the library’s support of the research enterprise and the management of the operations and budget. She had worked at research libraries at three other universities — the University of Nebraska, Cornell University and the University of Pittsburgh.
The co-author of three books, along with several book chapters, Westbrooks lectures at numerous conferences. She also serves on the Association of Research Libraries Visioning Taskforce, was recently the chair of the HathiTrust Rights and Access Working Group and served on the program’s steering committee. The HathiTrust program works to ensure preservation of print and digital collections by linking the two, to reduce overall costs of collection management for member schools.
Westbrooks earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and a master’s in information and library science from Pittsburgh.
“She brings more than 19 years of higher education library experience to her role, where she will oversee one of the top-ranked university library systems in the country, including its services and more than 9 million volumes across 10 libraries,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr.