Andrea Twiss-Brooks


Director of Humanities and Area Studies

Andrea Twiss-Brooks

I am the Director of Humanities and Area Studies and am currently acting as Interim Director of Special Collections for the University of Chicago Library. In addition to these administrative roles, I provide reference and consultation support for students, faculty, and staff in chemistry; geophysical sciences; and the history of science, medicine, and technology.

I joined the university library in 1993 as chemistry librarian managing the Chemistry Library branch and serving on the science/medical reference team at the John Crerar Library. My subject liaison responsibilities at various times encompassed geophysical sciences, history of science and medicine, physics, and non-medical biological sciences in addition to chemistry. In 2006, I was appointed Co-Director, Science Libraries, managing all aspects of collections that support teaching, learning and research in the physical, biological and medical sciences.

Before moving to Chicago, I worked in scientific publishing, first managing an update project for the Wiley NBS Mass Spectral Database and later as an editorial associate for the journal, Accounts of Chemical Research. I started my library career at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX as an online searcher and science librarian.

My professional contributions include leadership positions in a variety of professional organizations, including American Chemical Society, Geoscience Information Society, and Medical Library Association (National Planning Committee/Local Assistance Committee chair for the 2014 Chicago meeting). I have also served on library advisory boards for a number of scientific and medical publishers.


B.S. (Chemistry), Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
M.S. (Chemistry), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
M.L.S., University of North Texas, Denton, TX

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