The University Libraries are delighted to welcome Jamie Wittenberg as the new Assistant Dean for Digital Strategy and Information Technology Services. Wittenberg joined the libraries on June 1 and will provide strategic leadership for digital infrastructure and services, ensuring more connected and accessible research, teaching and learning experiences.
Wittenberg brings eclectic experience in library science, data curation and scholarly communications from her work at Indiana University and the University of California, Berkeley. The cornerstone of her professional practice, Wittenberg says, has always been to unify library science and information technology.
“I have always been interested in developing workflows that integrate old and new technologies to support research and teaching,” said Wittenberg.
She served as project director for CADRE, a cloud-based platform that connects researchers with standardized text- and data-mining services for large datasets. CADRE recently created a fellowship program to give researchers access to thousands of scholarly articles about COVID-19 and related coronaviruses.
Wittenberg assumes her appointment with the Libraries during a global pandemic and as the university executes its Road Map to Fall 2020.
“This is a big year for digital strategy,” she said. “The Libraries’ work in the digital sphere has never been more important than it is today.”
Wittenberg aims to leverage the Libraries’ digital expertise in supporting student success and ensuring university educators have the resources they need for research and teaching.
“There is going to be a lot of trial and error,” Wittenberg acknowledges. “But I think the Libraries are in a unique position to offer both in-person and remote support to foster intellectual curiosity and civic engagement.”
Wittenberg believes libraries must continue to build strong foundations to serve future patrons, and that the upcoming academic year will demonstrate the potential for 21st-century digital libraries for years to come.
“I am really excited about the direction CU Boulder is headed in terms of innovation in embedding humanitarian values into rigorous curricula. I’m inspired by the Libraries’ Strategic Plan to support an information-empowered world,” she said.