Since August 2017, Elaine L. Westbrooks has been the Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University Libraries. The Library system includes 9 libraries with approximately 300 librarians, archivists, and staff.
From 2014-2017 Westbrooks was the Associate University Librarian for Research at the University of Michigan. She administrated the short and long-term objectives for the Library’s support of the research enterprise. Westbrooks’ served as the Associate Dean of Library Operations, 2008-2012, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was responsible for Access Services, Public Services, Technical Services, Assessment, and Data Management Services. From 2000-2008, she held a variety of positions at Cornell University Library, including Metadata Librarian, Senior Metadata Librarian, and Head of Metadata Services. Westbrooks started her career as a Latin American Cataloger and Digital Research Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh.
She has presented her research at various conferences including the Digital Library Federation, Coalition for Networked Information, Dublin Core, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Westbrooks is a member of the ARL Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, the Executive Committee and Governing Board of the Triangle Research Libraries Network, and the University Librarians’ Advisory Council for the seventeen campus University of North Carolina System. She co-edited Metadata in Practice with Diane Hillmann (2004) and Academic Library Management: Case Studies with Tammy Nickelson Dearie and Michael Meth in 2017. She has a B.A in Linguistics and a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.