February 18, 2018

Duke’s Deborah Jakubs Named University Librarian

By LJ Staff

Deborah Jakubs, director of collections services for Duke University’s Perkins System Libraries, will become the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and vice provost for library affairs. The combined book collections of the university’s library system, and the separately administered libraries serving the schools of business, divinity, law and medicine, total more than five million volumes–one of the nation’s largest academic library systems. Jakubs, whose appointment takes effect January 4, succeeds David S. Ferriero, who on September 1 became the Andrew W. Mellon Director and chief executive of the research libraries at the New York Public Library. Among Jakubs’ tasks: to preside over the completion of the renovation and expansion of the William R. Perkins Library on Duke’s West Campus, the largest and most centrally located library at the university. Jakubs earned a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Stanford University. Jakubs was chosen after a national search considered more than 30 candidates.