Rice Majors

Associate University Librarian Scholarly Resources
Scholarly Resources
Shields Library

Scholarly Resources

As associate university librarian for scholarly resources, Rice Majors manages all aspects of the UC Davis Library’s collections and related operations, and its strategy for improving their efficiency and effectiveness.

He oversees four departments of the UC Davis Library: access and delivery services, collection strategies, content support services, and data and digital scholarship. Each of these departments play a key role in acquiring, describing and providing access to the library’s research materials — from books and academic journals to databases. These departments, which were previously in different reporting structures, were unified under Rice’s leadership to help the library identify new opportunities to improve the user experience and create greater efficiencies in the management of library materials.

Rice has more than 20 years of experience working in and with libraries, including eight years in library administration and six years in the library technology industry. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Rice held positions as the associate university librarian for collections and scholarly communications at Santa Clara University and the director of libraries information technology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He began his career in libraries as a student at Cornell University where he was exposed to both the behind-the-scenes and the user-facing side of library operations. He obtained his master’s degree in library science in 2003. In addition to collections and scholarly communications, Rice has managed technical services, library systems, digital libraries, access services, and archives and special collections.

Currently reading:
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Favorite place in the library:
The courtyard