Gloriana St. Clair

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Gloriana St. Clair
Born Gloriana Strange
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Librarian and scholar

Gloriana St. Clair (born 1939)[1] is a pioneer in the field of academic librarianship, as well as a scholar of Norse Mythology and its relationship to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the Olive Executable Archive as well as the official University Liaison to the Pittsburgh chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She is Dean Emerita of Carnegie Mellon University Libraries (1998-2013). Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, St. Clair held leadership positions at several other universities.[2] St. Clair attended the University of California, Berkeley, receiving a bachelor's degree in English in 1962 and a master's degree in library science in 1963.

St. Clair has had a significant impact on academic librarianship, publishing articles and studies which helped reshape the field. She has served as the editor of three major journals: portal: Libraries and the Academy (2000-2003), The Journal of Academic Librarianship (1996-2000), and College & Research Libraries (1990-1996). In 2009, she was recognized by the Association of College and Research Libraries as the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.[3] Selected works by St. Clair are archived online in Carnegie Mellon University's Research Showcase (institutional repository).

Throughout her career, St. Clair has established herself as a staunch critic of academic publishers, supporting Open Access information distribution through digital publication.[4] Her work in digitization also served as an inspiration for the Google Book project.[5]

In 2012, St. Clair was retained by Google, Inc. to “provide [her] opinions regarding the challenges libraries and others face in identifying and finding copyright owners, and regarding the practices of libraries with respect to the digitization of books at the time Google began its Google Books project” in The Authors Guild, et al. v. Google, Inc., Civil Action No. 05 CV 8136 (DC), (S.D. NY 2012): [1]; [2]; [3].


  1. ^ Dobler, Emily (April 30, 2012). "Dean of libraries' final chapter at CMU". The Tartan. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  2. ^ St. Clair, Gloriana. "Vita" (PDF). Carnegie Mellon University. 
  3. ^ "Gloriana St. Clair named ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year". American Library Association. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Roth, Mark (7 December 2009). "The Thinkers: Libraries finger a way to a digital tomorrow". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Google Books: History". Google Books. Retrieved 19 July 2011.