CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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Iowa City IA 52242
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UI libraries director announces resignation effective December 1999
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Provost Jon Whitmore announced
today (Jan. 14) that within the next few weeks, a search committee will
be formed to select a successor to Sheila Creth, UI librarian, who will
resign from that position in December 1999.
Creth has resigned to start an organization development and human resources
Whitmore said the search could take six to nine months to complete.
However, with nearly one year's advance notice, an interim head of the
12 campus-wide libraries will not likely be named.
Whitmore says Creth is an outstanding administrator.
"I have found her skills and administrative abilities to be good.
All libraries are faced with escalating costs beyond a university's ability
to provide additional dollars. She has done well in dealing with inflating
costs. She has hired a number of good branch librarians and staff. One
of the functions of a good administrator is to hire good persons for key
positions," Whitmore says.
"It is an appropriate time for new leadership at the University
Libraries," says Creth who, at the time her resignation becomes effective,
will have served as university librarian for 13 years.
Creth's voluntary resignation comes after nearly two years of thoughtful
debate. Creth says she first approached Whitmore about resigning 18 months
ago, but decided to remain at her position for various reasons.
Among them, Creth says, is that she wanted to recruit staff for key
library positions, establish a UI Libraries fund raising campaign, improve
the Hardin Health Sciences Library, and integrate a computer networked
"I will leave a library system that is healthy and vibrant with
staff who are prepared to meet the enormous changes that will continue
to emerge within the information world," Creth says.
The University Libraries with its 3, 822,656 volumes ranks 30th in the
country among the largest holdings by university libraries in the United
States and Canada.
Creth is responsible for the main and branch libraries, 298 staff, and
varied collections. Under Creth's leadership, the Libraries established
premier library computing facilities, including the Information Arcade,
Information Commons at Hardin Health Sciences Library, and the creation
of the six-year-old Iowa Women's Archive, the first such extensive collection
of materials on the lives of Iowa women.