Alexa L. Pearce has been appointed Associate University Librarian for Research at the University of Michigan Library. Pearce had been serving as the head of Social Sciences and the Clark Library at the U-M Library, supervising subject liaisons and other specialists who work with faculty and students on their research, teaching, and learning and who support emerging research areas and highly specialized services for maps and mapping, government information, and spatial and numeric data.
“Alexa has demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the myriad issues facing academic research libraries, and having worked at Michigan for the past six years in our research division, has a clear understanding of the library’s current challenges and opportunities,” said U-M Dean of Libraries James Hilton. “She is well positioned to lead our efforts to meet the evolving research needs of the campus community.”
Prior to her current role at Michigan, Pearce served as Librarian for History and American Culture at U-M, and before that as Librarian for Journalism, Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University Libraries.
“I am honored and excited to assume the role of Associate University Librarian for Research and to serve as a steward of the research and service expertise that the library cultivates on behalf of and in collaboration with the university community. I look forward to enhancing partnerships, both new and existing, to reinforce the library’s commitment to delivering resources and services across the research lifecycle,” Pearce said.
Pearce currently serves on the Proquest Electronic Dissertation and Theses Advisory Board, and has recently served on two national committees for the American Library Association Reference & User Services Association. She recently completed work on the grant, “Library as Research Lab,” awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Pearce holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Long Island University; and a Master of Arts in World History, and a Bachelor of Arts in History, from New York University.
She takes up the role in January 2020, succeeding Associate University Librarian for Collections Bryan Skib, who has served as interim in the position since August 2018.
“Among her many talents, Alexa brings excellent skills in communication, team building and positive organizational development. She will provide excellent leadership in connecting library expertise to the U-M campus, for maximum impact across the full research lifecycle,” Skib said.