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About Jack Maness

I have over 20 years' experience in libraries in both staff and faculty positions. Since 2017 I am responsible for DU Libraries efforts in scholarly communications and collections, from acquisition and licensing to description, access, discovery and use. My publications include works on libraries as organizations, technical infrastructures, ethics, information literacy, linguistics, user expectations, collections as data, and two works of fiction. I sit on the editorial board for Library Leadership & Management, NISO's Information Policy & Analysis Committee, WEST's Operations and Collections Council, and frequently review for several journals, including College & Research Libraries. I have won awards from the Johns Hopkins University Press, the International Earth Data Alliance, the American Library Association, and the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities. I was born and raised in the Denver area and enjoy just about anything related to the written word or the outdoors.


Present Librarian, University of Denver University Libraries


2021 - Present Our Stories, Our Medicine Archives: A Culture Centered Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Health Information Interface for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native and Indigenous Communities
National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities
Role: Other Significant Contributor
Colleague(s): Ramona Beltran, Lilia Cervantes, Miriam Valdovinos, Rocio Pereia, Debora Ortega, Denisse Solis, Kate Crowe
2020 - Present Establishing a Community of Practice for Small- and Mid-Sized Academic Libraries to Explore the Possibilities of Transformative Agreements beyond the Top-Tier Research Library Level
Institute for Museum and Library Services
Role: Member, Community of Practice
Colleague(s): Tim Schlak and Alexis Macklin, co-PIs
2020 - 2022 Bridging Past to Present: Developing a Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous Graphic Novel Collection
American Library Association Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grants
Role: co-PI
Colleague(s): Jennifer Bowers, Kate Crowe, Peggy Keeran, Jack Maness and Shannon Tharp
2018 - 2021 Uncovering Health History: Transcribing and Publishing Early Twentieth-Century Tuberculosis Patient Records as Data
Collections as Data: Part to Whole, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Role: co-PI
Colleague(s): Kim Pham, Kevin Clair, Jeanne Abrams, Fernando Reyes, Jeff Rynhart, Alice Tarrant
2016 - 2018 Revealing our Melting Past: Toward a digital library of historic glacier photography
Council on Library & Information Resources
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Ruth Duerr, Michael Dulock, Walker Sampson, Gloria Hicks, Florence Fetterer, and Allaina Wallace
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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences
  • 8th Annual Johns Hopkins University Press Award for the best article featured in portal:Libraries and the Academy, v. 11.
  • American Library Association Emerging Leader, Class of 2009
  • Two articles selected for inclusion in American Library Association Reference and User Services Association’s annual bibliography, “Reference Research Review,” (2009 and 2010).
  • Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Society member
  • Denver Public Library MLS Scholarship, 2001
  • American Library Association Marshall Cavendish Scholarship, 2002.

Research Works (20)