November 6, 2017 New Chief for the Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Division Announced

Press Contact: Benny Seda-Galarza (202) 707-8732
Public Contact: Helena Zinkham (202) 707-2922

Library of Congress' Humanities and Social Sciences Division chief Kimberley Bugg

Kimberley Bugg, a librarian dedicated to the users of research services, has been named chief of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Division at the Library of Congress. Bugg has experience managing and coordinating all aspects of reference work at several academic libraries, including the Robert W. Woodruff Library (2006-2010), Villanova University (2011-2014) and the College of Technology—City University of New York (2014-2017). Bugg’s commitment to creating resource guides and teaching people how to do research, as well as her skill with emerging technologies and outreach, have helped these libraries adapt successfully to today’s rapidly changing information environments.

Among her subject specialties are music, dance, movies, pop culture and visual literacy. Bugg holds a doctorate in managerial leadership from the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts degree from Clayton State University. Bugg is also active in the Association of College and Research Libraries and has convened several discussion groups on these topics. The American Library Association named Bugg an emerging leader in 2010.

“Bugg’s collaborative and thoughtful leadership style, strategic planning and project management experience, data-driven abilities, and written and spoken communication talents will be a great asset to the Library,” said Helena Zinkham, director for the Collections and Services Directorate of the Library of Congress.

A prolific scholar, Bugg has written for publications on both librarianship and several HSS subject areas. Her written work includes “Creating the Leadership You Seek,” “Using Black Popular Culture to Engage Students,” “Using Pop Culture to Engage Students in Media Literacy” and “Extreme Makeover Reference Edition.”

The Humanities and Social Sciences Division provides reference service and collection development in the Main Reading Room, the Local History and Genealogy Reference Services and the Microform and Electronic Resources Center at the Library of Congress. HSS regularly sponsors programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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PR 17-139
ISSN 0731-3527