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Release: Dec. 15, 1999

Dewey is named interim university librarian

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Barbara I. Dewey, director of information and research services at the University of Iowa Libraries, has been named interim university librarian, taking over for outgoing librarian Sheila Creth, said UI Provost Jon Whitmore on Monday. Dewey's appointment becomes effective Jan. 1.

Dewey will assume leadership of the UI's 12 campus-wide libraries from Creth, who will resign from that position Dec. 31. Creth announced last January that she will start an organization development and human resources consulting business. A national search to name a permanent librarian is under way and may not be made until June 2000.

"I have every confidence that Barbara will provide effective leadership while the search for a permanent university librarian is carried out," said Whitmore in a memo to libraries staff.

Dewey holds one of four senior administrative positions in the UI library system and is responsible for user services in the Main Library including the information, research, and instructional services department and 10 branch libraries. Dewey also oversees the Scholarly Digital Resources Center that addresses creation of digital resources from library collections and electronic publishing initiatives.

Dewey has been employed at the UI Libraries for 12 years and is a member of the UI Press Advisory Board and the UI Faculty-Staff Campaign Committee. Prior to her arrival at the UI, Dewey held professional positions at Indiana University, Northwestern University Library and the Minnesota Valley Regional Library System.