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Karen Diaz

Karen Diaz

Dean of Libraries, West Virginia University
Karen Diaz is Dean of Libraries at West Virginia University. She served as Associate Dean of Libraries at WVU from January 2016 –July 2017. Prior to her appointment at WVU, Karen served as the Head of Teaching and Learning at the Ohio State University Libraries. Her 25 year career at OSU also included positions as Reference Librarian, Web Librarian, and eLearning Librarian. She has presented and published on information literacy, digital storytelling and their intersection. Recent work has shifted toward the practice of the “learning organization” and unbundling journal packages. Karen received her BA from the University of New Orleans and MLIS from Louisiana State University.

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As libraries re-evaluate and redesign the services offered to their communities, the ripples of change can be felt across the institution. New job titles and functions appear in university employment postings—clinical information specialist, data scientist, assessment librarian. Space previously given over to stacks is reallocated. Information resources and tools reshape the library’s budget. Whether the process is visible or invisible to the library patron, the functions of the library are being re-engineered at a core level. What are the implications for library directors? And for content and platform providers?

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