Elaine Westbrooks

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734 763 5080

818 Hatcher South
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Associate University Librarian for Research


Previous positions include Associate Dean for Library Operations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2008-2012) and Head of Metadata Services at Cornell University (2000-2008). In 2011 I co-authored "Constructing Adequate Language Documentation for Multifaceted Cross‐Linguistic Data: A Case Study from a Virtual Center for Study of Language Acquisition in Language Documentation," in Language Documentation. Practices and values. Lenore Grenoble and Louanna Furbee (Eds.). I co-authored Metadata in Practice in 2004 and have presented my research at Dublin Core, LITA, and CNI. I earned a B.A in Linguistics in 1998 and a Masters of Library and Information Science in 1999 from the University of Pittsburgh.


I administrate and coordinate the long and short-term objectives for U-M Library's support of the research enterprise. I am responsible for the bulk of subject selectors who fall under the following teams:  Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, International Studies, Asia Library and Engineering, Science, and Data teams (including Clark Library) within the Research unit. I serve as a member of the executive committee, contributing to strategic planning efforts, program development and assessment, budget formulation and allocation of resources in support of the library's mission. I am the primary representative of the library on committees and forums at the state, national, and international level for matters related to data management and research support.

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