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About Jay Schafer

Director of Libraries Jay Schafer
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In Brief

Jay Schafer has been Director of Libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2004. He combines his expertise in library collection-building, resource sharing, and facilities space planning with a deep dedication to providing innovative, high quality service to library users. The Learning Commons in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library is one successful example of his belief that libraries must evolve to meet the needs of today’s students while maintaining the high standards of a nationally-ranked research library.

Director Schafer is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Research Libraries. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees and serves as Treasurer of LYRASIS, the nation’s largest regional membership organization serving libraries and information professionals. In addition, Director Schafer is past-Chair of the Five College Librarians Council, past-President of the Boston Library Consortium, and previously served on the BioOne Library Advisory Board.

Director Schafer earned his B.A. degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and his M.A. degree in Librarianship from the University of Denver. He has served in library administrative positions at a number of institutions including the University of Colorado at Denver.


Selected Works by Jay Schafer


Last Edited: 12 June 2012