Welcome from the Vice Provost and University Librarian

Greetings, Ducks!

On behalf of our entire library team, I extend a warm welcome to our new and returning students, faculty members, staff, neighbors, and friends.

Having been born and raised in Oregon, I am honored to have been recently appointed as the first Vice Provost and University Librarian of the University of Oregon Libraries. I am also thrilled to be joining the library at a time when we are welcoming our community back to campus and restoring in-person use of many library services and spaces.

The Libraries are your partner throughout your academic journey or research endeavor. Whether you are a first-year undergraduate or a faculty member carrying out funded research, our innovative services, distinctive collections, and educational programs will not only help you achieve your scholarly and personal goals but inspire you to set new ones. We are your Library—committed to creating an ever more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible environment for every member of our diverse community of thinkers, builders, adventurers and change agents.

With five locations on the Eugene campus, and two additional branches at UO Portland and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, Oregon, the Libraries offer a wide range of facilities, affording access to study spaces, labs, equipment, rotating exhibits, and in-person consulting services.

Returning visitors may notice some changes. During the past year of pandemic-impacted operations, while foot traffic has been low, many of our spaces have been enhanced with fresh carpeting, new artwork, and improved lighting. In the Price Science Commons and Research Library, our innovative Visualization Lab and DeArmond Makerspace have received recent equipment upgrades.

Whether at a library location or at a distance, I invite you to carve new directions from a research consultation with one of our subject or data specialist librarians, explore new methods in digital scholarship, attend a free workshop, or borrow interlibrary loan materials—to name just a few of the services we offer to our scholars at all levels.

Get lost in the Libraries’ collections, which offer millions of print and digital scholarly resources along with one-of-a-kind primary sources covering the University’s disciplines and research areas. Visit the recently renovated Paulson Reading Room in the Special Collections and University Archives to explore distinctive, fascinating materials ranging from medieval codices and rare books to literary and historical manuscripts, original art, photographs, and architectural drawings. Visual inspiration awaits in the unique artists’ books housed in the Design Library.

Many of these services and a major percentage of our collections are available online and remote from anywhere in the world.

Course instructors are invited to avail our instruction services to bring these services and collections into the physical or e-classroom, giving students expanded opportunities to develop critical information skills in the context of their disciplinary learning, guided by our librarian educators with expertise in information pedagogy and online learning.

Our dedicated and talented libraries team works hard every day to create novel solutions that advance our shared knowledge work. We are reducing out-of-pocket textbook costs for students, developing new avenues for research data management, and helping our UO authors understand and negotiate their publication rights.

Your Libraries offer many things that you would never expect or think to ask for—so make time to explore and get to know us. As you become familiar with the UO Libraries, please share your ideas about how we can build stronger partnerships in teaching, research, and knowledge stewardship by writing to us at libadmin@uoregon.edu or by contacting your designated subject liaison librarian.

Wishing you a successful and fulfilling year ahead at the University of Oregon!

Dr. Alicia M. Salaz
Vice Provost and University Librarian

photo of Alicia Salaz