The University Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of Nerea A. Llamas as associate University librarian for collections strategy and services, effective September 24, 2018.
Reporting to Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost for University Libraries and University librarian, Llamas will help the Library define and implement a national model for research library collections in the digital age. Llamas will lead a team of approximately 80 people who build and manage general collections across the campus library system, and who provide research, teaching and learning services for the Carolina community.
“Nerea has the vision to lead collections and services at a time when publishing, scholarship, libraries and the academy are all experiencing tremendous change,” said Westbrooks. “She brings a deep commitment to understanding the needs of researchers today and also to anticipating and preparing for the future.”
Llamas has been a member of the University of Michigan Library staff since 2001. There, she advanced from the position of Latin American and Iberian studies librarian to become head of international studies. For the past year, she has served as interim associate university librarian for research.
At Michigan, she is one of the principal investigators for “Library as Research Lab: Immersive Research Education and Engagement for LIS Students and Library Professionals,” an IMLS-funded grant to create research labs where librarians and School of Information students research and develop library services that address real-world needs. She received the University Librarian Achievement Award in 2012 and serves as a library mentor.
Llamas has also held librarian positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of South Florida.
Llamas serves as a mentor for SALALM, the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, and has served as the organization’s president, editor of its newsletter and elected member of its executive board.
Llamas holds an M.A. in library and information science from the University of South Florida and a B.A. in French with a minor in Spanish from the University of Florida.
Make an appointment with Llamas by contacting the Library’s administrative office at (919) 962-1301.