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Cindy Carroll

For immediate release:
August 28, 2003

Gloriana St. Clair Named Dean of University Libraries

PITTSBURGH—Gloriana St. Clair, Carnegie Mellon University Librarian since April 1998, has been named dean of University Libraries. Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon said that the new title "more aptly reflects the importance of the libraries in the university's academic life."

Under St. Clair's leadership, the University Libraries have led initiatives that are critical to enhancing the value of education globally through the use of information and communication technology. For example, Carnegie Mellon is currently spearheading the Million Book Project, which is intended to enhance educational opportunities worldwide and further the democratization of knowledge. The University Libraries have digitized one million pages of primary source material, including the work of the late Senator H. John Heinz III, computer scientist Allen Newell, and Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon. This year, a digitization project will put 622 titles in the Posner Family Collection of fine and rare books online.

"By working to create a Librarian/Archivist track, working to improve the undergraduate book collections and focusing on much needed space issues, Gloriana has also placed an emphasis on meeting the broader needs of the Libraries," said Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet.

St. Clair has received many honors throughout her professional career, including being recognized for leadership in "The World Who's Who of Women." She edited librarianship's flagship journal "College & Research Libraries" from 1990-1996. Then she became the managing editor of "Journal of Academic Librarianship." When Elsevier bought that journal, St. Clair, Sue Martin, Charles Lowry and many board members founded a new journal—"portal: Libraries and the Academy," which is published electronically in "Muse." She has led or participated in various leadership activities in the field of library science and was the chair of the American Library Association's Library Research Roundtable and the chair of the Association for College & Research Libraries Excellence Award. She is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, and past chair of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortial Initiative, among many other organizations and committees. St. Clair also has written many professional papers and made many presentations about digital libraries and changes in the field of librarianship.

St. Clair came to Carnegie Mellon from The Pennsylvania State University, where she was associate dean for Information Access Services. She earned an MBA from the University of Texas in San Antonio and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Oklahoma. Her M.L.S. is from the University of California at Berkeley and her undergraduate degree in English is from Oklahoma.


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