The Newberry Library has announced the appointment of Alice D. Schreyer to the position of Roger and Julie Baskes Vice President for Collections and Library Services. Dr. Schreyer will arrive at the Newberry from the University of Chicago Library, where she is Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections and Curator of Rare Books. From July 1 to December 31, 2014, she was Interim Director of the University Library.
As Baskes Vice President, Dr. Schreyer will oversee the various departments within the Newberry’s Library Services Division, including Collection Services, Conservation, Reader Services, Maps and Modern Manuscripts, and Digital Initiatives and Services, as well as the Collection Development Department. These units advance the Newberry’s core mission of developing, preserving, and making accessible a collection of millions of items relating to the humanities. In addition to providing a wide range of support for researchers and Newberry staff, Library Services frequently undertakes major projects to improve the library’s facilities, its services, and access to its collections. Recent examples include the installation of compact shelving to increase storage capacity in the Newberry’s stacks building, the introduction of a web-based circulation system for readers and staff, and digital collaborations with institutions such as the Library of Congress.
“Alice has a substantial and widely respected record of achievement as both a library administrator and a curator. She knows the world of special collections libraries thoroughly and thinks deeply and productively about the challenges facing research libraries today, as well as about how those challenges can be met with innovative solutions,” said Newberry President David Spadafora. “She is well-positioned to help the Newberry extend our longstanding commitment to building and preserving the cultural legacy that is our collection, serving the needs of the collection’s diverse users, and continuing to find new ways to enable the collection to respond to new and emerging forms of study and research activity.”
Alice Schreyer received her MLS from Columbia University’s School of Library Service and her PhD in Victorian literature from Emory University. After several positions of increasing responsibility in Special Collections at university libraries on the East Coast, Dr. Schreyer came to the University of Chicago Library in 1991 as its Curator of Special Collections. In her current dual role as Associate University Librarian and Curator of Rare Books, she has collaborated with library colleagues and University of Chicago faculty to support teaching, research, and learning through the acquisition of materials, improved access to those materials, exhibitions highlighting their significance and possibilities for future scholarship, and digitization projects. An international leader in the field of special collection librarianship, Dr. Schreyer is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and serves locally on the Program Committee for the Chicago Collections Consortium.
Dr. Schreyer will join the Newberry staff on August 24.