Baker named Strategic Digital Initiatives Librarian for the USC Libraries

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On January 16, 2017, Giao Luong Baker began her new role at Strategic Digital Initiatives Librarian for the USC Libraries. As Strategic Digital Initiatives Librarian, Giao will provide leadership in developing sustainable, unique digital collections and services for the USC Libraries including working to secure funding for these projects.

Deborah Holmes-Wong, Director, Digital Library, USC Libraries, writes, "Giao’s career in the USC Libraries began 1997 as an undergraduate student employee in USC Libraries’ Special Collections working with our regional history collections. Her deep interest in Los Angeles and its history brought her back to USC. Since 2004, she has been a Digital Imaging Specialist and more recently the Digital Imaging Manager for the USC Libraries’ Digital Library. In these roles she has been responsible for the digitization of much of the content in the USC Libraries’ Digital Library. She is co-PI on a $200,000 NEH grant to digitize the papers of the Webster and Independent Commissions. Her committee work has included service on the Professional Development Committee and Innovation Council where she has brought forth staff concerns, encouraged staff involvement, and spearheaded the effort to create a more robust student supervisor network for the USC Libraries. In addition to her contributions at USC, she has served on the Board of Los Angeles City Historical Society. Giao is a proud member of the Trojan Family earning both her Bachelors of Arts and Masters in Urban Planning from USC. She is completing her Masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas. She is a 2016 ALA Spectrum Scholar and the sole recipient of the 2016 ALA's LITA/OCLC minority scholarship."

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