Andrea Stewart Named Interim University Librarian

June 28, 2012

Ms. Stewart has held leadership roles at Gelman since 2000.

June 28, 2012

Deputy university librarian Andrea Stewart has been named interim university librarian of the George Washington University libraries, effective Sept. 1, 2012. As interim university librarian, she will be responsible for directing the GW libraries and will continue to contribute to the Library Review Committee, which is charged by the provost to create a strategic plan for the GW Libraries.

As deputy university librarian, she has been responsible for planning, directing and overseeing all operations of Gelman Library, Eckles Library and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library. She will continue to serve as co-lead of Gelman Library’s renovation project, which is currently underway.

“I am pleased that Andrea Stewart will serve as interim university librarian over the next academic year,” Provost Steven Lerman said. “A university library is a vital scholarly resource with a broad mission, from conserving historic collections to staying alert to the latest developments in digital resources. Andrea fully comprehends this and has a deep commitment to the mission of the George Washington University.”

Ms. Stewart, who has worked closely with retiring University Librarian Jack Siggins, has served as associate university librarian for administration and human resources since 2000, and added development activities to her portfolio in 2003. In 2009, she served on the university’s Innovation Task Force, recommending initiatives for improving the business operations of the university. She is also a longstanding member of the Appointment, Salary, and Promotion Policies Faculty Senate Committee.

Ms. Stewart has also been active in the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) of the American Library Association and has recently completed co-editing an ALA publication on staff development, due for publication this summer.

An alumna of the George Washington University, she earned a master’s degree in 1992 in education and human development, as well as a bachelor’s degree in 1970 in sociology. She completed the Harvard-ACRL Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in 2001.

“I am honored to serve as interim university librarian,” Ms. Stewart said. “I plan to contribute actively to the university's strategic planning process and work with library staff to bring our plan into alignment. The renovation of the entrance floor will offer students new opportunities to collaborate in a state-of-the-art learning commons with staff dedicated to assisting them in using new technologies. I also plan to continue improving the communication and collaborative culture of the libraries, which support the university’s and libraries’ mission,” she said.

The university will launch a national search for the next university librarian.