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María R. Estorino Named Interim Library Leader for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

photo of María R. Estorino
María R. Estorino,
photo by Jeyhoun Allebaugh/UNC-Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has appointed María R. Estorino interim vice provost for University Libraries and university librarian effective May 16, 2022. Estorino has been associate university librarian for Special Collections and director of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library since 2017.

During her time at Carolina, Estorino has been instrumental in expanding and transforming the work of Special Collections, including securing valuable grants and gifts. One of her signature initiatives at Wilson Library has been the development of a vibrant fellowships program to support undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty and community researchers in their scholarly and creative uses of Carolina’s special collections. Estorino has been a strong voice for the University Libraries Reckoning Initiative and for the library’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. She has also furthered partnerships across the university community.

Before going to Carolina, Estorino was vice president of museum collections at HistoryMiami Museum in Florida. Prior to that, she spent 14 years in positions of increasing responsibility at the University of Miami Libraries, concluding in 2013–2015 as the Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection.

Estorino has served as a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Kaleidoscope Program Task Force since 2018.

At Carolina, Estorino will serve as interim vice provost for University Libraries and university librarian while the university searches for a successor to Elaine L. Westbrooks, who will become the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University, effective July 1, 2022.

For more information about this transition, see the Carolina news release “Estorino to Be Interim Library Leader.”