Jennifer L Nason Davis

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734 764 0259

209 Hatcher North
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205
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Librarian for Anthropology and Linguistics


As the University Library's subject specialist for anthropology and archaeology, I provide library instruction and I purchase research materials in the fields of anthropology and archaeology to support the Department of Anthropology and the Museum of Anthropology.  Beginning 2014, I also serve as the subject specialist and department liaison for linguistics.  Please contact me for an appointment to talk about your research project!



My educational background includes an M.Phil. in English Studies from Oxford University (1990), an M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College (1985) and a B.A. in English & History from Hampshire College (1981).

I have been with the University of Michigan since 2000.  Prior professional positions were at the University of Hong Kong Libraries, the State Library of Massachusetts, law firm Johnston Stokes & Master, and The Boston Conservatory. As a librarian I have worked in the fields of anthropology, social work, law and music.  I also have worked extensively with government documents and audio-visual materials.  I was Head of the U-M Social Work Library from 2005-2009.  I served as Chair of the ACRL Anthropology & Sociology Section 2010-2011.


In addition to being a subject specialist and liaison to the Departments of Anthropology and Linguistics, I serve as the Coordinator of Social Science Collections.  In this capacity, I share responsibility for collections of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library with Beau Case and Nerea Llamas.  I also chair the Social Sciences E-Team, a standing committee that evaluates and selects electronic resources in the social sciences.