Introducing Jeremy Whitt, Head of Licensing & E-resources Acquisitions

Jeremy Whitt recently joined the UCLA Library as Head of Licensing & E-resources Acquisitions, based in Resource Acquisitions & Metadata Services (RAMS). We asked Jeremy a few questions about himself and his aspirations for this position.Headshot of Jeremy Whitt in blue button-down shirt against darker blue backdrop

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as our new Head of Licensing & E-resources Acquisitions?
I am very excited to return to UCLA, where I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies. I am thrilled to join the Library and be part of this community again! The Library’s e-resources of all types—from databases to ebooks—are used ubiquitously by UCLA's diverse community for research and scholarship. One of my goals for this year is to forge strong relationships among peers and stakeholders across the Library to continue leading a highly effective program of ongoing management of the Library’s electronic resources and licenses. This role is a highly collaborative one and I especially look forward to working closely with the team members in Licensing & E-resources Acquisitions. I am eager to get to know everyone.

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library? 
As a “double Bruin” I recall using the Library as a student, an important experience for anticipating the e-resources needs of the community. Prior to this position, I worked as a librarian in a variety of roles and environments, including as a reference librarian at Santa Monica Public Library and most recently as Head of Collection Development and Assessment at Pepperdine Libraries. My role at Pepperdine primarily involved e-resources management and licensing, experience which will be essential for this role at UCLA. I was also actively involved in advisory committees for the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), a library consortium that includes over 110 member libraries. I think one way that this experience prepared me for this role is that it provided me with an in-depth understanding of the collaborative nature of managing electronic resources and the many diverse ways colleagues and community members use and discover them.  

What projects will you be tackling first? 
Initially one of my first projects will be to learn systems, processes, and workflows, meet colleagues and learn even more about the Library. There is so much expertise to draw on at UCLA and at first, I look forward to learning as much as possible, while simultaneously utilizing my experience to lend a hand immediately in areas related to licensing and e-resources.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work I enjoy listening to all genres of music, watching classic and international films, and following sports. Currently, I am watching this year's Formula 1 motorsport season and cheering on the Dodgers. I also really enjoy studying music and learning instruments. I have played guitar for years and I played tuba in the UCLA Bruin Marching Band as a student. During the pandemic, I decided to take up piano, which has been a rewarding and challenging hobby. 

What is your preferred name and what are your preferred pronouns? 
Jeremy (he/him)

We are delighted to welcome Jeremy back to UCLA and the UCLA Library! You can contact him at jwhitt@library.ucla.edu.