University of Oregon

Changes in Administrative Leadership at the Portland Library and Learning Commons

Mark Watson, Ed Teague, and Michael Brown assume lead roles

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The UO Libraries has assigned new leaders for its Portland Library and Learning Commons (PLLC) to better connect the PLLC to existing Eugene-based library programs and services. These include critical functions for UO students, faculty, and staff, such as centralized subject liaison services, instructional services, collection development, access services, and educational technology support.

Effective Monday, August 21, 2017, Mark Watson, associate dean of libraries, provides administrative oversight of the UO Libraries’ Portland Library and Learning Commons (PLLC), and Ed Teague, current head of the UO’s Design Library, is the new PLLC department head. In his department head role, Ed will work with other library department heads and subject liaisons to coordinate library services for the UO Portland programs of the College of Design, the Lundquist College of Business, the School of Journalism and Communication, and the School of Law. Ed’s new title is Head, Design Library and Portland Library and Learning Commons.

“Mark and Ed are strong, experienced library leaders who will help us design, implement, and evaluate library functions consistently across more of our locations,” said Adriene Lim, dean of libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair.

UO Libraries also manages much of UO Portland’s academic technology infrastructure. The library has hired Michael Brown, an experienced technologist and manager, to lead day-to-day library and technology operations at the PLLC, starting on Monday, September 18, 2017. Michael comes to the Libraries from the Portland State University Library, where he served as Coordinator of Computer Support Services. Michael will report to Ed Teague, but will also work closely with Helen Chu, the Libraries’ associate dean and chief academic technology officer, to connect PLLC with centralized academic technology functions in Eugene.

“I was fortunate enough to work with Michael at PSU prior to joining the UO Libraries,” said Dean Lim. “He is that rare individual who not only has deep technological and management acumen, but also a profound commitment to providing creative, user-focused services for students and faculty. We are delighted to have Michael join our team.”

Please write to the UO Libraries at if you have any questions about these changes.

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