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Jim O'Donnel

James J. O'Donnell

University Librarian
ASU Library

He has published widely on the history and culture of the late antique Mediterranean world and is a recognized innovator in the application of networked information technology in higher education. In 1990, he co-founded Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the second on-line scholarly journal in the humanities ever created. In 1994, he taught an Internet-based seminar on the work of Augustine of Hippo that reached 500 students which deserves to be called the first MOOC. He has served as a Director, as Vice President for Publications, and as President of the American Philological Association; he has also served as a Councillor of the Medieval Academy of America and has been elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy. He served from 2013-2018 as Chair of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies. His edition of Augustine's *Confessions* is a standard, while his most recent books, Augustine: A New Biography, The Ruin of the Roman Empire, and Pagans bring cutting-edge scholarship to a wide audience. His work of most relevance to issues of libraries today and tomorrow may be found in his 1998 book, Avatars of the Word: From Papyrus to Cyberspace, and the expert study he chaired for the National Research Council, LC21: A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress. He was Professor of Classics at the University of Pennsylvania from 1981-2002, also serving as Chief Information officer from 1996-2002. From 2002-2012 he was Provost of Georgetown University. He has been University Librarian at ASU since 2015.