Damon E. Jaggars was named the Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries beginning February 1, 2016.
He previously served as interim vice provost and university librarian at Columbia and has had significant, successful leadership experience supporting the evolving academic enterprise in the libraries both at Columbia and another top-tier research-intensive university, the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. His extensive administrative work has included service planning, collection development and management, facilities planning and design, budgetary management and human resources.
In addition, he has deep experience building and managing distinctive and unique collections. Further, he has substantive experience developing and managing information technology infrastructures within research libraries and broad experience with service quality assessment.
His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings; and his national editorial service includes board membership for portal: Libraries & the Academy, co-editorship of a special issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice and a stint as editor-in chief of the Journal of Library Administration. In addition, his professional service includes various leadership roles for the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Taiga Forum. He also contributed wide-ranging university-wide service at both Columbia and UT.
He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of California at Davis and his master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, he served as an Association of Research Libraries Research Library Leadership Fellow and completed the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)/Harvard Leadership Institute's program.