The Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services

The Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services was established by a family of alumni with a long history of generous giving to Oregon State University. The family's deep commitment to education and scholarship at OSU began in the 1940s and continues to this day. Their gift allows OSU Libraries to expand innovative means of accessing and delivering information to students, faculty, staff, and other constituents of the university, with the end goal of further strengthening OSU's distinction as an information provider.

The Gray Family Chair was designed to be flexible. Specifically, the chair supports strategies within the library for making print and digitized information more readily accessible, and for developing effective methods to adapt advances in information technology to meet the needs of researchers, students, and the citizens of Oregon. On a broader level, OSU Libraries leadership and the chair holder have the freedom to adapt the position's focus as the focus of the Libraries changes. As the chair holder anticipates trends relevant to library services, he or she will align the direction of Gray Family Chair work to reflect the most current developments in information sciences.

Korey Jackson

Korey JacksonFollowing a national search, Korey Jackson came to Oregon State University in December 2013 to become the Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services. Previously he was a fellow at Anvil Academic, a digital humanities publisher, where he helped create editorial partnerships and implemented digital publishing strategies for various projects.

Jackson's professional interests include open-access publishing, which provides unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research.

After graduating from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in English, Jackson went to the University of Michigan to study English literature, completing his master's and doctoral degrees there. He then became a fellow at Michigan Publishing, which leads the university's scholarly publishing efforts.


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