Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of Pamela Graham as Director of the Area Studies/Global Resources Division. Dr. Graham has been in the role of Acting Director of Area Studies and the Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research since April, 2008.
An accomplished librarian, Dr. Graham has served as Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian at Columbia University since 1997. "I am honored to move into this new role and to lead a group of accomplished and talented area specialists. I will look forward to the opportunities and the challenges of upholding our commitment to developing truly distinctive international and human rights collections and of ensuring their relevance and value to faculty, students and researchers," said Graham.
Area Studies/Global Resources collections at Columbia are characterized by depth and breadth, covering African Studies, Jewish Studies (including a newly funded professional position), Latin American and Iberian Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Russian and Eurasian and East European Studies, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies.
In her new role as Director of Area Studies/Global Resources, Dr. Graham also serves as the Director of the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research. The Center builds on the growing collection of human rights organization archives at Columbia through collection development, user services, outreach programming and collaborations with the multidisciplinary human rights community.
Associate University Librarian for Collections & Services Damon Jaggars called Graham an outstanding choice as director based on her background as an "innovative librarian with strong administrative and collection-building experience. I look forward to Pamela's thoughtful, effective leadership in support of our continued commitment to building global collections in an increasingly variable operating environment.”
Graham earned her M.A. and Ph.D in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently Graham served as Acting Director for the Area Studies/Global Resources division. Before beginning in her role as acting director last year, Graham served for twelve years as Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian in the Area Studies Division of Columbia University Libraries. In 2008-09 she served as President of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) and organized their annual conference in Berlin. She is also a member of the Latin American North East Libraries Consortium (LANE) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America.
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