University Librarian Virginia Steel

"The New 'old' McHenry Library: How Libraries Enhance Intellectual Engagement",
September 22, 2011, Cowell Conference Room, 11:30am


Virginia will update us on the status of McHenry Library, its continuing role as an intellectual center for the campus, and how it has taken shape now that the retrofitting of the building has been completed and the library has returned to its former home.

Ginny Steel has been University Librarian at UC Santa Cruz since 2005 and oversees the UCSC Library which is comprised of McHenry Library and the Science & Engineering Library.  Prior to that, she served as Director of Libraries at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington from 2001-2005. In that capacity, she oversaw the activities of six libraries on the Pullman campus and coordinated library services across all four WSU campuses.

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1997 to 2001, Ginny served as Associate Director for Public Services, overseeing the staff, operations, and facilities of 14 branch libraries and departments.  From 1988 to 1997, she served in several positions at UC San Diego. One of them was as head of the Social Sciences and Humanities Library. During her time at UCSD, Ginny also served as the head of the Access Services Department and as Acting Assistant University Librarian for Public Services.

Ginny’s background includes a B.A. in foreign literature from the University of Rochester and an A.M. from the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago.  She has been active in the American Library Association and served as the President of the Library Administration and Management Association in 2004-05.