Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
Claire Stewart is professor and Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Stewart’s scholarly interests include information policy and curation structures. She has published and presented on copyright, open access, open source software development, digital humanities, data management, curation and preservation. She is active on committees in the Big Ten Academic Alliance, Association of Research Libraries, and American Council of Learned Societies, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors for the HathiTrust digital library partnership.
Before joining UIUC, Stewart held leadership positions in three other Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries. She served as professor and Dean of Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and 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.
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.