Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Service

Korey JacksonDr. Korey Jackson has been named the new Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services at Oregon State University Libraries and Press. In this role, Dr. Jackson will establish a forward-thinking, strategic, and robust digital publishing architecture for OSU Libraries and Press. He will lead experimentation with innovative means for transforming the way scholarship is created, collected, organized, and disseminated.

 “It is an exciting time for an organization like ours that combines the skills and expertise of  both librarians and university press professionals, “ explained Faye A. Chadwell, Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director. “We have established a reputation for experimenting to enhance existing services or create new ones. In the coming years we intend to focus on innovative ways to enable the creation and dissemination of knowledge and enhance digital scholarship.  Dr. Jackson brings the right blend of experience, vision, and talent to lead a deeper investigation of digital publishing opportunities for the Libraries and Press.”

Before coming to OSU, Dr. Jackson was an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow at Anvil Academic, a digital humanities publisher sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). While at Anvil he served as Program Coordinator, helping to create editorial partnerships, engage in social media relations, and implement digital publishing strategies for a number of humanities projects.

 Prior to this he held a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Michigan Publishing, where he developed campus-wide outreach efforts around open access publishing and digital humanities training and discussion.

 Dr. Jackson earned his PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. He was a Lecturer in the English department at Michigan from 2010-2011.

He blogged extensively for both Anvil Academic and Michigan Publishing, and his co-authored chapter on humanities data publishing in the ALA/ACRL publication Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers is forthcoming in 2014.

 Established with a $2 million endowment, The Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services is designed, in part, to identify innovative means for accessing and improving the delivery of information to the students, faculty, and staff — with the goal of moving OSU Libraries and Press to the forefront as an information provider. Dr. Jackson is the third holder of this prestigious position and follows in the very successful footsteps of Jeremy Frumkin and Terry Reese.

Posted - December 30, 2013