August 22, 2014

Virginia Steel Named UCLA University Librarian

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Virginia Steel will be moving from Santa Cruz to Westwood.

From the UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost:

A library director for more than 11 years with significant leadership experience within the University of California system and at Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions, Ms. Steel brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and perspective to this critical role. She currently serves as university librarian at UC Santa Cruz and previously served as director of libraries at Washington State University (2001-05), overseeing the libraries on the Pullman campus and coordinating library services across the four WSU campuses. She has also served as associate director for public services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1997-2001) and in various positions at UC San Diego (1988-97) and Arizona State University (1981-87). While at UCSD, she was selected for a Council on Library Resources academic library management internship, for which she spent a year at Brown University working closely with senior library and campus administrators.

From a UCLA News Release:

While at UC Santa Cruz, Steel oversaw a $100 million expansion and renovation of the largest library on campus. After the project was completed, library use more than doubled, and it continues to grow. She was also instrumental in bringing the Grateful Dead Archive to UC Santa Cruz, and she has served on a number of systemwide committees, including the UC Council of University Librarians, which she currently chairs.

Before taking her post at UC Santa Cruz, Steel served from 2001 to 2005 as director of libraries at Washington State University, where she oversaw the libraries on the Pullman campus and coordinated library services across the four WSU campuses. She has also served as associate director for public services at MIT (1997–2001) and in various positions at UC San Diego (1988–97) and Arizona State University (1981–87.)

While at UC San Diego, Steel was selected for a Council on Library Resources academic library management internship and spent a year at Brown University working closely with senior library and campus administrators.

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