Wastawy, Sohair

Dean of Libraries

Sohair Wastawy received her BA, MA, and completed work towards her Ph.D. thesis in Linguistics at Cairo University, Egypt. She possesses a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA and a Doctorate degree in Library and Information Management from Simmons College, Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Wastawy has been a practitioner in the information field since 1975 and practiced librarianship in a number of countries that include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. She began her library career at Cairo University Library, taught librarianship in the first women’s library program in Saudi Arabia and was the Dean of Libraries at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago from 1988 until 2004. Dr. Wastawy was appointed in July 2004 as the first Chief Librarian for the new Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt and as the Dean of the University Libraries at Illinois State University in June 2010. And currently as the Dean of Libraries at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. In addition to her leadership role and managerial responsibilities, Dr. Wastawy is often a consultant to non-for-profit organizations, corporations, and accreditation commissions. Dr. Wastawy has been the recipient of many awards, a Peace Fellowship and a Fulbright Scholarship and has written and spoke extensively on library and information management issues.

Educational Background

- Doctor of Arts in Library and Information Management, Simmons College, Boston, MA

- Master in Library and Information Science, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C

Recognition & Awards

Professional Experience

- Professor and Dean of the University Libraries, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

- Chief Librarian Bibliotheca Alexandrina, The Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt

- Dean of Libraries, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois 60616