Governance and Organizational Charts

The UC Davis Library encompasses three main libraries — Peter J. Shields LibraryCarlson Health Sciences Library and Blaisdell Medical Library — that support both the main Davis campus and the UC Davis Health campus in Sacramento.

The University Librarian and Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship heads the library and reports to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. A number of councils and committees within the library, the campus and the UC system help guide the library’s goals, strategic direction and operations.

Library Organizational Chart – June 2022
 Governance Structure
 Operational Committees

Chart showing library governance structure, situated within UC system and UC Davis campus

Council of University Librarians (CoUL): Consisting of the university librarian from each of the 10 UC campuses and the executive director of the California Digital Library, CoUL provides collaborative leadership and system-level strategic planning for the UC libraries and advises the President on related issues. Learn more.

UC Academic Senate University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC): Consisting of the chairs of each UC campus’ faculty Senate library committee, UCOLASC advises the President concerning the administration of the UC libraries. Learn more.

UC Davis Academic Senate Library Committee: Consisting of faculty and student representatives from the Davis campus and UC Davis Health, the Library Committee advises the UC Davis University Librarian and Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship on issues related to administration of the library, including space allocation, faculty needs, management of physical and digital library holdings, and scholarly communications. Learn more.

Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC): A statewide organization of all UC librarians, LAUC advises the University on professional and governance matters related to the UC libraries. Learn more.

Librarians Association of the University of California – Davis Division (LAUC-D): Representing UC Davis librarians, LAUC-D advises campus and library administration on professional and governance matters of concern to all librarians. Learn more.

Library Leadership Board: The primary volunteer leadership group for the library, the board advances the library’s philanthropic goals and advises library leadership on strategic planning and goal setting. Learn more.

Library Executive Council: The library’s senior leadership group reports to and advises the University Librarian and Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship on strategic issues, policies, and decisions affecting all aspects of the library’s operations.

Library Management Council: Consisting of the library’s department heads and executives, Library Management Council coordinates the library’s day-to-day operations and advises library leadership on implementation of strategy and policy.

The following library committees provide strategic and operational support on key issues, and are accountable to the library’s senior leadership team.

Development Program Advisory Committee: Reviews and makes recommendations regarding library fundraising priorities.

Library Data and Digital Collections Group: Establishes policies and priorities governing acquisition, preservation and public access to data and digital collections.

Library Response Team: Convenes, as needed, to manage the library’s response to emergency situations.

Library Strategic Plan Steering Committee: Guides the library’s strategic planning process and makes recommendations to library leadership on strategic directions and priorities to include in the plan.

Website Steering Committee: Provides strategic oversight of the library’s website, with a focus on how the site can best present the library’s services and advance its priorities.