Jack Marshall Maness

Associate Dean and Professor

What I do

I oversee the University Libraries collections, from their acquisition and licensing to their description, access, and discovery.


library history and culture, analog data rescue, mid-19th century American history.

Professional Biography

I hold a Masters of Library & Information Science from Emporia State University and a BA in English Literature, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado Denver. I have worked in many libraries before coming to DU, most recently eleven years at the University of Colorado Boulder. My publications include works on libraries as organizations, information literacy, linguistics in library services, user expectations, the rescue of analog data, and two works of fiction. I have won awards from the Johns Hopkins University Press, the International Earth Data Alliance, the American Library Association, and the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities.

Key Projects

  • Revealing our Melting Past: Toward a digital library of historic glacier photography


Maness, J. M. (2016). Revealing our melting past: Rescuing a collection of historical glacier data. SciDataCon: Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research. Denver, CO: International Coalition of Scientific Unions, Committee on Data.
Maness, J. M., & Elzi, E. N. (2018). Start Where It Hurts: A Strategy for Diversifying Collections at the University of Denver. CMS Forum (ALCTS): Rising to the Challenge: Shaping Collections to Meet Diverse Needs.. Denver, CO: Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association.


  • 2016 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences, International Earth Data Alliance
  • Best article featured in portal:Libraries and the Academy, v. 11., Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Colorado Book Award for Historical Fiction, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities