Welcome Christopher Taijiro Murphy, RAMS’ new Licensing and Collection Services Specialist

Please join us in welcoming Christopher Taijiro Murphy, to the UCLA Library. As the new Licensing and Collection Services Specialist for Resource Acquisitions & Metadata Services (RAMS), Chris will manage the licensing process for local electronic resource purchases, serve as the primary liaison to the California Digital Library (CDL) regarding consortially licensed electronic resources, assist with normal electronic resource acquisitions work and be based in the Life Science Building once it is safe to return to campus. He is currently working remotely and can be reached by email.Chris Murphy profile photo

We asked Chris a few questions about himself and his professional aspirations.   
What goals/hopes do you have for this year as our new Licensing and Collection Services Specialist?

I am excited to be joining the LEA/RAMS team as the Licensing and Collection Services Specialist.  I look forward to building relationships with the various departments at UCLA, with publishers and vendors, and with the California Digital Library.  I truly enjoy the collaborative aspects of the job that will reach outside our department to make sure the university’s needs are being met.  I think the biggest challenge for me this year will be the entirely virtual and remote start, but I am really excited to be joining such a strong and supportive community here at the UCLA Library.

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?

I worked for the library at John Deere for over four years, the last two of which I managed e-resource licensing and acquisitions. I worked alongside Deere’s Legal team on several large contract negotiations, but I primarily focused on fostering relationships with vendors and publishers to ensure we were meeting the company’s rapidly changing information needs.  I also helped restructure our renewals and purchasing processes, focusing on proactive communication between departments, data-driven usage insights, and strategic channels of engagement with users.  Many of our users were based internationally, and the experience with asynchronous instruction and troubleshooting across multiple time zones will certainly help as the COVID pandemic continues.

The biggest ongoing project this year will be working with the entire Library’s efforts during the transition to the new UC-wide Integrated Library System (ILS).  These migrations do not happen often, so it may sound odd, but I do feel quite privileged to be joining at a point where I can contribute to the process.  I am excited to put my experience with various ILS software, knowledge and change management, and troubleshooting to good use!
What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? and/or What do you like to do outside of work?

I am currently reading The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman, and I just finished The Answer Is… by the late Alex Trebek.  For viewing, I cannot recommend highly enough explore.org, where you can watch live streams of wildlife around the world.  I listen to quite a wide range of music, but can most often be found listening to KCRW’s Eclectic 24 playlist or one of the ChilledCow live-streams of lo-fi study music.  Outside of work, I enjoy running, hiking, and birding.  When ICU’s aren’t at capacity and the travel risks are lower, I enjoy rock climbing and backpacking, my favorite places being Joshua Tree and the Eastern Sierras.

We are delighted to have Chris at the UCLA Library. You can contact him at murphyct@library.ucla.edu