Virginia Steel, university librarian at UC Santa Cruz, has been appointed UCLA's University Librarian, effective July 15.
A library director for more than 11 years, Steel has significant leadership experience within the UC system and at Association of Research Libraries institutions. "She brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and perspective to this critical role," wrote Scott Waugh, UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, in announcing her appointment today
“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to come to UCLA and to contribute to the library's role in supporting the campus's research, teaching, and service goals,” Steel said. “UCLA is one of the foremost educational institutions in the world, and its library supports every discipline, its students and faculty. Over its lifetime, the library has amassed rich and deep collections in numerous formats and languages, and it has established an impressive record of utilizing technology to build one of the best digital libraries in the world.”
Steel will succeed Gary Strong, who announced his retirement in March 2012. Strong has served as University Librarian at UCLA since 2003.
“The university librarian position at UCLA is the highlight of my career,” she said, “and I look forward to building relationships and helping steward the library in its role as an essential information provider for students and faculty.”