Beth Callahan, head of the research services department at the UC Davis Library, is responsible for the creation and ongoing management of research support services and tools offered at UC Davis’ four libraries: Peter J. Shields Library, Carlson Health Sciences Library, Physical Sciences and Engineering Library, and Blaisdell Medical Library in Sacramento.
In this role she is constantly evaluating, modifying and introducing new ways in which the library can adapt to better serve the rapidly changing academic research and learning needs of UC Davis students and faculty. Beth specializes in creating workflows that improve processes and embraces technological tools that transform services to enhance the end user’s experience.
With her leadership, the library is exploring how to best use modern strategies, tools and technology to support the teaching and research mission of the university. Recently, Beth has led programmatic development of the library’s first prize for undergraduate research excellence, the Norma J. Lang Prize for Undergraduate Information Research.
Beth started her career at UC Davis in 2012 as the department head of the health and life sciences libraries. She became the head of research services at the UC Davis Library in 2014. Prior to coming to UC Davis, she worked for many years in the Greater Detroit Area in health science libraries and in the marketing industry. The skills she acquired throughout her varied career have prepared her well to be a creative problem solver who challenges convention, an essential skill in her current role. She has degrees in business science and library science from Wayne State University, in addition to taking some course work in instructional technology.