Steele has been, since 2009, the Brooke Russell Astor Director of Collections Strategy at the New York Public Library, where she oversees numerous special collections and archives (including those in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Library for the Performing Arts, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), as well as circulating collections in 90 locations. Prior to joining the New York Public Library, Victoria Steele headed the UCLA Library’s Department of Special Collections—one of the country’s largest repositories of rare books, manuscripts, and historic photographs—and directed the Center for Primary Research and Training. Co-author of an award-winning book on library development, she has also written numerous articles about special collections. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History, and has been a Fulbright Fellow to the United Kingdom.

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