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Sara Davidson Squibb - AUL for Research & Engagement


Sara Davidson Squibb joined the UC Merced Library in 2005 but most recently became the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research and Engagement (2022). In this role, she is involved in strategic planning, organizational development, communication, and the librarian liaison program. Broadly, she is responsible for the following units: Research & Learning Services, Collections Services, Digital Collections & Scholarship, Geospatial Services, and Data Services.

Her primary goal is to ensure that the UC Merced Library is an organization where her colleagues can thrive in their work and meet the research and learning needs of our students, faculty, and staff.

Based on her education background, Sara's professional interests have revolved around information literacy, instructional design, teaching & learning, and assessment.


Master of Library & Information Studies, (MLIS), University of British Columbia (UBC)

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), University of British Columbia (UBC) at Selkirk College

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), University of British Columbia (UBC) at Okanagan University College

Selected Professional Development

Chancellor's Leadership Academy, Inaugural Cohort, University of California Merced, 2022-2023.

Empowering Yourself in a Post-Truth World, 6-week MOOC, a collaboration of Empire State College and The University at Albany with Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson, March-April 2019.

University of California’s Women’s Initiative (UCWI) 2019 North Cohort 2 @ UC Berkeley. Offered in collaboration with the UC Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW), UC Systemwide Talent Management, and CORO (Community, Outreach, Recognition and Opportunity) Northern California. Four sessions with CORO facilitators, UC guest speakers, and UCWI alumni, April – June 2019.

“Media Innovation and Design Thinking”, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute, one-day seminar with instructor Sina Mossayee, Feb. 2018.

“Know Your User: Research Methods Beyond Usability Testing”, 4-week online course offered by Library Juice Academy with instructor Emily Daly (Duke Libraries), Jan. – Feb. 2018.

Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL), by Harvard Graduate School of Education, Aug. 2012.

Assessment Immersion (ACRL), training hosted by Association of College & Research Libraries, Nashville, Dec. 2008.