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Jester to join BU as Associate University Librarian for Research & Learning

March 28th, 2022

Boston University Libraries are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ashley R. Jester as Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning. Dr. Jester will join BU effective June 1, 2022.

Reporting to University Librarian ad interim Mark Newton, Dr. Jester will direct the advancement of student and scholar services across the BU Libraries system, both online and in person, in alignment with the strategic directions of the University to support research and learning at BU at the highest levels. Both a seasoned library administrator and data services expert, Dr. Jester will inform and elevate the Libraries’ programs for research and learning through an extensive outreach effort to connect to BU’s scholarly communities with a growing suite of library resources and services.

Dr. Jester is currently the Assistant Director for Science and Engineering Libraries at Stanford University, serving as head of both the Terman Engineering Library, which supports Stanford’s School of Engineering, and the Robin Li & Melissa Ma Science Library, which supports the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and applied physics, and statistics. During her tenure at Stanford, Dr. Jester previously led Stanford’s Social Science Data and Software (SSDS) program, directing a team that delivered advanced research support and advisory consulting on research methodology, data selection, and statistical models and analysis across disciplines. A campus leader and collaborator, Dr. Jester also led the library’s partnership with the Stanford School of Engineering to establish the Maker Bar, an innovation lab within the libraries connecting scholars with tools directly supporting the engineering curriculum.

“We are elated to welcome Ashley to BU as it is clear she has the perfect mix of experience and skill to stage the next evolution of our library programs and connect BU library users with the resources and specialists that will unlock potential across disciplinary communities,” says Newton. “The Libraries are developing new services to propel students and scholars in interdisciplinary research, digital scholarship, data sciences, and more. Ashley joins us at the ideal time to ensure the Libraries stay in lockstep with and even anticipate the new needs of library users.”

“I am thrilled to be joining BU at this exciting moment, both for the University and for the Libraries,” says Jester. “It’s clear that BU is investing in its scholarly community and that the Libraries are going to be at the heart of that endeavor. I am looking forward to working with all the excited and enthusiastic staff that are part of the BU Libraries as we advance the future of research and learning together.”

Prior to her work at Stanford, Dr. Jester held the position of Data Services Coordinator and Head of Quantitative & Qualitative Data at Columbia University Libraries, directing the qualitative and quantitative data services programs for the Social Sciences Libraries at the university.

Dr. Jester is an active member of several professional associations and organizations, including serving on the administrative committee for the International Association for Social Science Information Service & Technology (IASSIST). Jester earned an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Rochester and a doctor of philosophy degree in political science from Stanford University.