Diane Wheeler Strauss, associate university librarian for collections and services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will retire March 1, 2010, after more than 36 years of service with the Library.
Strauss joined the Library staff in 1973 as the social sciences reference librarian in what was then the Business Administration/Social Sciences Reference Department. In 1976, she became head of the department, which has since been integrated with the Library’s other reference and research services.
She became associate university librarian for public services in 1992, and additionally took on administrative responsibility for library collections in 2004.
Strauss is the author of the Handbook of Business Information (Libraries Unlimited, 1988), which was reissued in 2003 as Strauss’s Handbook of Business Information: A Guide for Librarians, Students, and Researchers Second Edition.
In 1990, she received the Gale Research Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship from the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and Adult Services Division of the American Library Association. Her citation recognized Strauss’s “contributions as librarian, author, teacher, and professional to the field of business reference librarianship today,” with particular emphasis on publication of the Handbook.
Along with her service at the UNC Library, Strauss taught the well-received Business Information Sources and Services class at UNC’s School of Information and Library Science from 1986 through 2001.
Strauss received a B.S. in English from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and an M.L.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to joining the University of North Carolina Library, she held positions at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Md.; the Univeristy of Wisconsin – Madison School of Library and Information Studies; the May Memorial Library in Burlington, N.C.; and the U.S. Department of Labor Library in Washington, D.C.