Hiram L. Davis


Vice President of LibraryMax

Hiram L. Davis received his Bachelor of Science (Economics and English) in 1966 from Missouri Valley College.  His Master of Librarianship (College and University Libraries) was received in 1969 From Emporia State University (Kansas).  In 1984, he received his Ph.D. (Administration, Higher Education and Library Science) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

From 1969-2006, Dr. Davis has been Dean of Library Services, California Polytechnic State University.  As Dean, he was responsible for the development, implementation, and direction of all aspects of library service at the University.  This included positioning the library to support the University’s mission of teaching, learning, research and outreach, and assuring that the library actively contributed to the intellectual life of the campus.  Also as Dean, he developed the master plan for a new teaching and learning facility, a potential $30-$40 million project.

Prior to his tenure at Cal Poly., Dr. Davis served as the Deputy Librarian of Congress and was Senior Advisor for Staff Development and Transition to the Librarian of Congress.  This entailed developing and implementing a new initiative at LC to broaden the knowledge and skills of existing staff through education, internal training, job experience, mentoring and other means.  Previous work also included Director of University Libraries, Michigan State University; Dean of University Libraries, New Mexico State University; Dean of Libraries, University of the Pacific; Head of the College Library, UCLA; Associate Director of Libraries, University of Oklahoma.  In addition, he served as Director of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Library Science Doctoral Program for minority and disadvantaged students for six CIC universities: Chicago, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  During his long and distinguished career, he has served on academic, special and public library boards and has functioned as President, vice-president, chairperson, organizer or member for a host of library related associations and consortia.

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