Cornell University has named Elaine L. Westbrooks the next Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, effective July 1, 2022.
Westbrooks has served as vice provost and university librarian at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill since 2017. Of all her accomplishments at UNC, she is proudest of her role in setting up the Sustainable Scholarship initiative, which sought to make scholarly publications more affordable, sustainable, transparent, and accessible, as well as launching the Reckoning initiative, which mobilized the university to address equity and inclusion while also infusing anti-racist practices into the library system.
Prior to her appointment at UNC, Westbrooks held leadership positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Before that, she led metadata services for Cornell University Library—this appointment marks a return to Cornell for her. Westbrooks holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and a master’s in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Westbrooks is active in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). She is currently vice-chair of the ARL Scholars and Scholarship Committee, and has been a member of that committee since 2019. She served on the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee in 2017–2019 and the Assessment Visioning Task Force in 2017. She was a Leadership & Career Development Program (LCDP) fellow in 2007–2008 and an LCDP career coach in 2020–2021 and 2018–2019.
At Cornell, Westbrooks will succeed Gerald R. Beasley, who announced in April 2021 he would not seek to renew his five-year term, which ends July 31, 2022.
For more information about Westbrooks and her appointment, see the Cornell University news release, “Elaine Westbrooks Named Carl A. Kroch University Librarian.”