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Creth, Sheila D.



  • Existence: 1939-


Sheila Creth served as University Librarian for the University of Iowa Libraries from 1987 through 1999. In this capacity, Creth assumed responsibility for a collection of over three million volumes located in the Main Library and distributed throughout eleven departmental libraries, coordinated the work of a full-time staff of 228 employees, and oversaw an annual budget of over seventeen million dollars. Her most important contributions to the University of Iowa Libraries include the development of the Information Arcade in the Main Library, the Information Commons in the Hardin Library, the Iowa Women's Archives, the User Education Program, a massive reorganization project, development of sources of funding through the Friends of the Library group, recruitment and staff development activities, and organization of the Symposium on Scholarly Communication in 1991. During her tenure, Creth was awarded the LITA/Gaylord award for Achievement in Library and Information Technology in 1999.

Before her appointment at the University of Iowa, Creth held positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut, and Columbia University. Creth has published extensively in the field of library and information science, particularly on the subject of personnel. Her publications include the widely read text Effective on the Job Training: Developing Library Human Resources. In addition to her publications, Creth has enjoyed numerous professional speaking engagements and has conducted training workshops and performed consultation services for university libraries for more than twenty years. In 1999, Creth stepped down from her post with the University of Iowa to pursue a full-time career in independent consultation after thirteen years with the University of Iowa.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Sheila Creth papers

Identifier: IWA0463

Librarian who directed the University of Iowa Libraries from 1987 to 1999 and published extensively in the field of library and information science.

Dates: 1957-2008