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August 9, 1996

Hiram L. Davis To Head Library at CAL POLY

Hiram Logan Davis, who served as Deputy Librarian and then as Senior Advisor for Staff Development and Staff Transition at the Library of Congress, has been named Dean of Library Services at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

As the chief administrative officer of the Library, Dr. Davis will be active in the development of University-wide policy as a member of the Academic Dean's Council and the California State University (CSU) Council of Library Directors. He will direct the development of all library services to meet the needs of the University community and work closely with the Vice Provost for Information Technology in the development and management of electronic data bases and information technologies. He is also responsible for the administration of campus-wide audiovisual services.

In discussing his new appointment, Dr. Davis said: "I am delighted to have this opportunity to return to the academic environment. I am especially pleased to join this nationally-ranked institution of higher education and am looking forward to returning to California where my wife and I have strong family ties and many friends."

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said: "Hiram Davis has contributed to our community in many ways since he came to the Library of Congress in 1994. He developed strong ties to the staff and worked diligently to forge partnerships with other agencies and universities to broaden the opportunities for cooperative learning programs. As a leading library professional, his counsel on a long-range plan for developing the actual and potential skills of our employees has been invaluable."

Dr. Davis came to the Library from Michigan State University in East Lansing where he served as director of libraries for five years. His previous experience included heading the undergraduate college library at the University of California at Los Angeles (1976-79), dean of libraries at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. (1979-86), and dean of the university library at New Mexico State University (1987-89).

A native of St. Joseph, Mo., Dr. Davis majored in economics at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, earning his bachelor of science degree in 1966. He earned his master of library science degree at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia in 1969, and did graduate work in administration and library science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1970- 72, getting his Ph.D. in 1984. While at the University of Michigan, he developed and directed a library science doctoral program for minorities, a project involving six Midwestern universities with library science doctoral programs.

Dr. Davis has been active in library professional circles for two decades. He is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and currently serves as a Councilor at large, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Library and Information Technology Association, and the ALA's Black Caucus. In 1992, he helped establish the Michigan Research Libraries Triangle Consortium. He was instrumental in establishing academic library consortium groups in New Mexico and California. He was a member of the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees, serving two terms as vice president; a member of Wayne State University's Library and Information Science Advisory Board; and past board member and president of the University of Michigan's School of Information and Library Studies Alumni Society.

Dr. Davis is married and has one son. His wife, Nancy is a social worker at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. His son, Michael, is a law student at the City University of New York law school in Queens.

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PR 96-112
ISSN 0731-3527

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