Daniel Ortiz-Zapata


Professor and Dean of Libraries and Learning Technologies
Libraries and Learning Technologies


Brief Biography

Daniel Ortiz-Zapata is the dean of libraries and learning technologies possessing more than two decades of leadership experience in developing innovative and state-of-the-art academic libraries. He was the founding dean of libraries and chief librarian at Hunter College in New York City. He was also the founding dean of university libraries at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he worked for 24 years. He has worked in different capacities of increasing responsibility leading to his appointment at The American University in Cairo as dean. He was also the collection development officer at the University of Puerto Rico Library System, where he also was assistant director at the Science Library at the San Juan Campus, among other roles. Ortiz-Zapata research interest and published work is on information technology transfer in developing countries. He has also spearheaded the development of three transnational digital libraries with the City of Cadiz, the University of Seville, the Royal Hispanic American Academy, and Casa de las Americas. Ortiz-Zapata was instrumental in housing and developing the Massachusetts Memories Road Show, recognized by the American Archivist Society, and IMLS as the Community Archiving model for the 21st century engaging communities in documenting the local history in a participatory model.  He also worked with deans and others in the development of an Open Access Policy for faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and lead with the dean for continuing education the development of Open Educational Resources to address high out-of-pocket expenses that hindered student retention and success. He has been involved in ALA, REFORMA, ALISE, ACRL, and other US-based library and librarian association serving in different capacities and roles throughout his career.

Research Interest
  • Technology transfer and innovation in libraries
  • Information seeking behavior
  • Use of intellectual property in academic institutions
  • Citation analysis and policy development for information delivery
  • Use of social media for information transfer and new multiliteracy skill development
  • Doctor of Arts in Library Administration, Simmons University, Boston, MA
  • Masters in Library Science, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR
  • Bachelor's in Liberal Art, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR