Director, Library Special Collections
Los Angeles, California
Athena Jackson is the Director of Library Special Collections at the University of California, Los Angeles. Athena has broad experience empowering teams and individuals to engage in contemporary access, authentic inclusion, and transformative research and learning experiences. Athena was previously Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and Head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library and Associate Professor at Penn State Libraries. Before that, Athena served as Associate Director of Special Collections at the University of Michigan Special Collections Library. Athena managed Reader Services and Collection Services and participated in the planning, policy development, and priority-setting for the special collections library. Athena has previously served as Special Collections Librarian at the University of Miami, Education and Outreach Librarian and Project Manager/Librarian for the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project at Louisiana State University, and North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project Coordinator and Archivist at the North Carolina State Archives. Athena holds a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Houston, and she is a proud junior college graduate of Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, Texas.