Damon Jaggars Appointed New Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services at Columbia


NEW YORK, June 19, 2008 The Columbia University Libraries has appointed Damon Jaggars as the new Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services effective September 1, 2008. Jaggars previously served as Associate Director for User Services in the Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin.

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The Associate University Librarian provides leadership and direction for the Collections and Services Group including: four interdisciplinary divisions, Global Resources, Humanities and History, Science and Engineering, and Social Sciences; four distinctive collection and service divisions, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and C. V. Starr East Asian Library; the Health Sciences Library at the Columbia Medical Center; and the Access Services division. This includes eighteen physical libraries and over 250 full-time staff. Columbia has developed one of the world's largest library collections of print and electronic materials, including special collections, and innovative applications of technology to serve the Columbia community.

“I welcome Damon Jaggars to Columbia University,” said Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian. “He brings extensive experience in advancing library support for learning and scholarship in the research university.”

Jaggars earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of California at Davis and Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jaggars brings wide-ranging experience with user services programs and operations, service policies, branch services, library instruction services, and library assessment. His current research interests include student and faculty engagement and service quality assessment.

"I'm excited by the opportunity to help leverage the vast research collections held by Columbia University Libraries to advance research, teaching, and learning support for faculty and students. The remarkable collections, and the exceptional staff who build and support them, provide the foundation from which innovative, useful services can flow," said Jaggars.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.

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