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Jon Shaw Appointed University Librarian for Vanderbilt University

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Jon Shaw

Vanderbilt University has named Jon Shaw university librarian, effective July 1, 2022.

Previously, Shaw served as associate vice provost and deputy university librarian for the University of Pennsylvania since 2019. He held a variety of leadership roles in the Penn Libraries starting in 2004.

Shaw has experience in collaborative partnerships, strategic initiatives, and digital strategy, as well as space planning. At the University of Pennsylvania, he raised the library’s visibility regionally, nationally, and internationally. He served as the chief strategist and senior adviser to the H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries. He also assisted with the overall administration of the libraries, with responsibility for the coordination of library operations, practices, policies, procedures, and staff activities.

Shaw was an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellow in 2018–2019 and a UCLA Library Senior Fellow in 2016. Additionally, he has completed the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

At Vanderbilt, Shaw will succeed Valerie Hotchkiss, who stepped down June 30, 2021, after serving as university librarian and professor of English since 2016. Hilary Craiglow has served as acting university librarian since July 1, 2021.

For more information about Shaw and this appointment, see the Vanderbilt University news release “Shaw Named University Librarian.”