May 17, 2022

Profile: Meet Denise Stephens, New Vice Provost and University Librarian, at Washington University in St. Louis


To Washington University’s new vice provost and university librarian, a challenge represents an opportunity—a chance to move beyond the present into a future of greater possibility.


Stephens began serving at Washington University on June 15, after a six-year tenure as university librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., she’s happy to be back in the Midwest.


A top priority for Stephens is the issue of collections space. She is working with faculty to answer the questions of how best to organize and store Washington University Libraries’ current collections, as well as future acquisitions. Decisions about what resources to acquire, which formats to pursue—print or electronic—and where to house materials directly affect the future of Washington University Libraries and the research that takes place at the university. By the end of the current academic year, Stephens hopes to have clear guidelines for how these determinations are made.

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