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Oct. 2: St. Clair Leads Carnegie Mellon's Research Showcase Digital Initiative


Ken Walters      

St. Clair Leads Carnegie Mellon's
Research Showcase Digital Initiative  

glorianaPITTSBURGH—Gloriana St. Clair, newly reappointed dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, is leading a digital initiative called the Research Showcase to support scholarly communication and access to information. The Research Showcase ( is an easy to use online repository in which Carnegie Mellon faculty and graduate students can self-archive their writings, research and other creative or intellectual properties, and maximize their exposure to search engines.
St. Clair, first appointed dean in 1998, is beginning her third term. Carnegie Mellon Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Kamlet praised St. Clair for her forward thinking and noted that she has defined the role of dean of University Libraries for Carnegie Mellon. "Gloriana St. Clair is an outstanding professional whose expertise, vision and passion has greatly advanced our libraries and our university. She is a scholar known worldwide for her leadership in the field," Kamlet said when making the reappointment announcement.
The review committee that assessed St. Clair's contributions as dean praised her for assisting scholarly work by improving and streamlining the interlibrary loan process, undertaking the transition from the Dewey Decimal classification system to the Library of Congress classification system to make it easier for users to locate materials, and providing outreach to faculty and students.
The committee members concluded that her advocacy of the digital future is consistent with the digital-centric mindset of the campus but that she has not sacrificed the library's other functions as a repository for books and as a study and meeting space for students. The Research Showcase initiative is the latest example of St. Clair's maxim, "The future of libraries is digital."
"When Carnegie Mellon faculty and graduate students bring their work to the Web, that work is two to five times more likely to be found, used and cited than if it were only available in paper," St. Clair said. "While putting articles on individual and department Web pages achieves the open access objective, Research Showcase has the added advantages of long-term preservation and weekly indexing by Google crawlers. Discussions are under way to replace paper deposit of Carnegie Mellon theses with a digital deposit in Research Showcase. This is but the latest aspect of our ongoing work to enhance scholarly communication and open access at the university and beyond."
Earlier this year, St. Clair was named the Association of College Research Libraries (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.
St. Clair has a distinguished record of service to her profession and Carnegie Mellon. Under her leadership, the University Libraries have led initiatives that have been critical to the development of libraries around the world through the use of information and communication technology. Since 1999, she has served as director of the Universal Digital Library Project, which has digitized over two million volumes with its partners. The project includes libraries and computer scientists in the United States, India and China. St. Clair's contributions to the project include co-authoring more than $3.7 million in funding grants.
During St. Clair's tenure at Carnegie Mellon, the University Libraries have digitized one and a half million pages of primary source material, including the work of the late Senator H. John Heinz III, computer scientist Allen Newell, Nobel Laureates Herbert Simon and Clifford Shull, and computer scientists Joseph Traub and Takeo Kanade. In another digitization project led by St. Clair, almost 600 titles in the Posner Family Collection of Fine and Rare Books were placed on the Web.
St. Clair has served as editor of three prestigious journals — College & Research Libraries (1990-96), Journal of Academic Librarianship (1996-2000) and portal: Libraries and the Academy (2000-03) — and is the author and co-author of numerous articles. She also has taught academic library management as an adjunct professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh and various literature courses for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon.
St. Clair has a Ph.D. in literature and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her MBA from the University of Texas in San Antonio, and a master's degree in library science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Pictured above is Gloriana St. Clair, newly reappointed dean of University Libraries.