UNC has selected Elaine L. Westbrooks as its new University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries. The decision has been approved by the University’s Board of Trustees, and will come into effect August 15.

Prior to coming to Chapel Hill, Westbrooks was the Associate University Librarian for Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

“Chancellor Carol Folt and I are excited to welcome Elaine to Carolina,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr. “She brings more than 19 years of higher education library experience to her role, where she will oversee one of the top-ranked university library systems in the country, including its services and more than 9 million volumes across 10 libraries.”

Westbrooks has also spent time working at research libraries at the University of Nebraska, Cornell University and the University of Pittsburgh.

“I am honored to be selected as Carolina’s vice provost for University Libraries. The University Libraries have rich collections and talented staff,” said Westbrooks. “I look forward to helping Carolina make its library spaces, collections and services an even more integral part of academic life on campus.”

She succeeds Sarah Michalak, who retired in December 2016.