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Sara Davidson Squibb Takes on New Role as Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research & Engagement

Mon, August 8, 2022 3:05 PM


Sara Davidson Squibb Takes on New Role as Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research & Engagement 

Photo Provided by Sara Davidson Squibb

Published: August 8, 2022

Sara Davidson Squibb joined the library staff in the summer of 2005 just prior to the university accepting its first undergraduate class. In those initial years, as an Instruction Librarian, she worked closely with faculty to support student learning by providing library instruction that equipped students with strategies for navigating the library’s rich resources and critically using information. Over the course of her 17-year career at the UC Merced Library, Davidson Squibb has continued to take initiative, build library instructional programs, lead outreach events, partner with campus organizations and serve on advisory boards. Davidson Squibb is known for her collaborative spirit, innovative ideas, and thoughtful, friendly presence on campus. In 2017, she became the Library’s Head of Research & Learning Services, mentoring librarians and staff, developing new ideas around student learning, and assessing the value of library instruction on academic outcomes. 

Following a nationwide search, Sara Davidson Squibb accepted the role of Associate University Librarian for Research & Engagement (AUL) and started July 1, 2022. In this position, Davidson Squibb will provide leadership and vision for the library, with a big-picture view of how the library can grow with the UC Merced campus as a whole, and adopt innovative, inclusive, and relevant services for the entire campus community. She will also be involved in initiatives at the systemwide UC Libraries level.

“I am excited to take on this new endeavor with my colleagues who are committed to our students, faculty, and the university’s mission. With this expanded portfolio, I am looking forward to more broadly promoting and providing library services and resources that make tangible contributions to our faculty and students. I am especially interested in sharing our expertise, fostering students’ sense of belonging to the academy, and expanding access to resources that represent our region.”

As AUL, Davidson Squibb will provide oversight to the following library units: 

  • Research & Learning Services
  • Collections Services
  • Digital Curation and Scholarship
  • GIS Services
  • Data Services

Please join us in congratulating Sara Davidson Squibb on her influential career with the UC Merced Library and in anticipation of her future accomplishments as the Associate University Librarian of Research & Engagement!