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Geneva Henry Appointed University Librarian, Vice Provost for Libraries at the George Washington University

April 29, 2013

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Geneva Henry Appointed University Librarian, Vice Provost for Libraries at the George Washington University

WASHINGTON—Geneva Henry has been named the George Washington University’s university librarian and vice provost for libraries. In this role, Ms. Henry will be responsible for planning, directing and overseeing all operations of GW’s Estelle and Melvin Gelman, Eckles and Virginia Science and Technology Campus libraries. She will join George Washington July 1.

“Geneva Henry stood out even in what was a very strong candidate pool,” said George Washington Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Lerman. “The search committee and I were especially impressed by her knowledge of digital information systems along with her deep understanding of traditional library services and collections. I am confident that she will move GW Libraries forward at a rapid pace.”

Ms. Henry currently serves as executive director of digital scholarship services at Rice University in Houston. She has spent more than a decade at Rice, working on developing the library’s digital collections from the ground up. Her projects have included data management planning, preservation of digital scholarship resources, geographic information systems (GIS) support and education, multimedia creation and editing, workshops for working with digital technologies and maintenance of the university’s electronic theses and dissertations submission system and digital collection.

Prior to her position at Rice, Ms. Henry worked in industry and on government contracts, in areas such as artificial intelligence, medical imaging libraries and digital search technologies. She also worked as a consultant for higher education clients who were working to begin or expand digital library programs.

“I am thrilled to be selected,” Ms. Henry said. “When I read the university’s strategic plan, it told me that GW is a place on the move that really ‘gets it’ when it comes to information. The library is at the heart of where the university is trying to go with new knowledge and information, and has the potential to be a key strategic partner in helping the university realize that very bold strategic plan. This is an exciting time to be at GW and I'm delighted to be joining the institution.”

Ms. Henry will fill the role vacated by previous University Librarian Jack Siggins, who retired in August 2012.

In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries.