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KNOXVILLE — University of Iowa Librarian Barbara I. Dewey will become Dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee August 21.

Dr. Clifton Woods III, UT interim provost, said Dewey will administer the Hodges Main Library and UT branch libraries in agriculture and veterinary medicine, music and Special Collections. Dewey succeeds Paula Kaufman, who accepted a post at the University of Illinois.

“Barbara Dewey’s experience, administrative background and extensive knowledge of information technology will be assets to the UT libraries system,” Woods said. “We are pleased that she has accepted this position.”

UT libraries contain more than 2.1 million volumes, 3.5 million microforms, and 361,000 maps, with online access to catalogs, databases and text. The system is operated by a staff of 219 professional, support, and student workers at an annual budget of $11.3 million.

Dewey earned the bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology and the master’s in library sciences from the University of Minnesota. She has served as director of information and research services for University of Iowa Libraries since 1995 and as interim University of Iowa Librarian since January.

Dewey also has worked at Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science and Northwestern University Libraries.

Recent projects she helped develop at Iowa include the Center for Teaching and Information Systems Technology, the Scholarly Digital Resources Center, and the Center for Electronic Resources in African Studies.

She also is lead planner for an upcoming international conference on library partnerships for more than 200 scholars and librarians from U.S. and United Kingdom universities and colleges.