Welcome Jason Burton, Sciences Collections Librarian

Please join us in welcoming Jason Burton to the UCLA Library. As our Sciences Collections Coordinator within the Sciences User Engagement Team, he will be in the Science and Engineering Library, 8270 Boelter Hall, once it is safe to return to campus. We asked Jason a few questions about himself and his professional aspirations.

What goals do you have for this year as our new Sciences Collections Librarian?Jason Burton portrait shot standing against beige brick wall

My overarching goal for this position is to help make scientific research more accessible. The focus is on working with faculty and students to help share their research in the widest possible fashion and to work across the Library and the UC system to make published scholarship more open for users and sustainable for libraries.

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

I've had the opportunity to work with researchers across the sciences. I've been involved in collection development in various scientific disciplines for the past six years. Most recently, from 2018 until moving to UCLA, I was the STEM librarian at the University of Mississippi. Have a multidisciplinary perspective on scholarship and publishing is a must when engaging with such a wide scope of collections.

What projects will you be tackling first?

My initial work will be assessing the science collection as it stands now at the Library, working with subject specialists to get a better understanding of their faculty and students and collection needs, and situating the position in the larger collections infrastructure.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? What do you like to do outside of work?

I'm currently reading: The Road by Harry Martinson; watching on tv: The Kids in the Hall; film: Éric Rohmer's Perceval le Gallois; listening to podcast: ARN; music: Iasos's Jeweled Space.

 

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