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Claire Stewart, the associate university librarian for research and learning at the University of Minnesota Libraries, is the new dean of libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Stewart was chosen following a national search.

"She is an innovative, strategic leader with a solid foundation in the traditional aspects of academic libraries and a keen vision toward the future," said Donde Plowman, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at UNL. "Her experience with Big Ten and land-grant universities will serve her well as she advocates for the libraries on campus, in the state of Nebraska, across the nation and around the world."

Stewart will begin work at UNL on Aug. 1, pending Board of Regents approval.  

At Minnesota, Stewart is responsible for the education and research support programs of the libraries and operational services within 10 library facilities. 

Prior to working at Minnesota, Stewart held several positions at Northwestern University over a 21-year period, including director of the Center for Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation and head of Digital Collections.

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Stewart holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature with a minor in humanistic studies from St. Mary's College and a Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University.

In a news release, officials said Stewart will guide the transformation of the UNL libraries’ physical and virtual spaces, lead content initiatives and position the libraries’ faculty and staff at the center of teaching and research.

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