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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.
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
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