Interim leaders ensure momentum at University Libraries

May 16, 2022

When Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian Elaine L. Westbrooks and Associate University Librarian for the Health Sciences Nandita Mani depart this spring and summer, they will leave major leadership vacancies.

To ensure the continuity and forward momentum of University Libraries operations, others are stepping in to fill these and additional vacancies.

“The willingness of people to take on interim positions allows the University Libraries to continue providing excellent service while also supporting employees as they develop new leadership skills,” said Monica Figueroa, herself the interim director of Library human resources.

Below is an overview of leadership changes in the coming months.

Wilson Special Collections Library

Maria Estorino, Liz Ott, and Emily Kader

From left to right: Maria Estorino, Liz Ott, and Emily Kader

María R. Estorino began May 16 as interim vice provost for University libraries and University librarian to prepare the transition for Westbrooks’ departure May 31.

Estorino’s regular responsibilities as associate University librarian for special collections and director of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library will be filled on an interim basis by Elizabeth Ott, the Frank Borden Hanes Curator of Rare Books. Emily Kader, associate curator of rare books, will become interim curator of the collection.

Ott and Kader started their interim appointments on May 16.

Health Sciences Library

portrait of Michelle Cawley

Michelle Cawley

Michelle Cawley will become interim associate University librarian for health sciences and director of the Health Sciences Library following the departure of Nandita Mani on July 4. Other managers at the Health Sciences Library will step in to share Cawley’s regular responsibilities as head of Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement.

Music Library

portrait of Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss, curator of the Southern Folklife Collection, will serve simultaneously as interim music librarian beginning July 1 upon the retirement of longtime music librarian Diane Steinhaus.

Kenan Science Library

portrait of Therese Triumph

Therese Triumph

After concluding an extended appointment as interim head of the Kenan Science Library, Therese Triumph will move into a permanent position as head of science academic and research engagement. In this expanded role, Therese will lead a team of science librarians, staff and student workers, and will provide leadership to develop innovative programs and services in areas including data science, scientific data management and curation, open access, research impact, and digital scholarship.

As these transitions take place, we invite you to reach new leaders as well as experts across the University Libraries by phone, email or chat. Visit the University Libraries’ Contact Us page to learn more.