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Joyce L. Ogburn assumed the position of the Dean of Libraries and Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professor of Library and Information Studies at Appalachian State University in August 2013. Previously, she was the Dean of the J. Willard Marriott and University Librarian at the University of Utah where she also served as special assistant to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Her career path includes the University of Washington, Old Dominion University, Yale University, and Penn State University. She holds degrees in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Indiana University, and a Master of Science in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which honored her as Distinguished Alumna in 2013. Utah Business Magazine named her as one of 30 women to Watch in 2012.
Her professional contributions encompass numerous national boards and committees for such organizations as the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and SPARC. In 2011-12, Joyce served as President of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Her passion lies in the interweaving paths of scholarship and interdisciplinary knowledge that libraries inspire, promote and preserve in many forms. As a researcher, she is interested in the history of anthropology and evolution, scholarly communication, digital scholarship, the future of libraries, and leadership.
Recent publications include: “Closing the Gap between Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication”, in Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication, edited by Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Merinda Hensley (ACRL, 2013); “The Movement to Change Scholarly Communication Has Come a Long Way – How Far Might It Go?”, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 2012; “The Imperative for Data Curation”, portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2010; and “Defining and Achieving Success in the Movement to Change Scholarly Communication,” Library Resources and Technical Services, 2008.