Deborah Hollens

photo of Deb Hollens


Publications, Presentations and Awards:

  • "The Southern Oregon Digital Archives: Unique Opportunity and Continuing Challenge," Oregon Library Association Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 1 (Spring, 2006), 16-18.

  • Federal Depository Library Program Handbook, Chapter 11, "Partnerships." (part of a collaborative team) U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006.

  • "A Digital Library to Serve a Region: the Bioregion and First Nations Collections of the Southern Oregon Digital Archives," Reference & User Services Quarterly, vol. 44, no.2 (Winter, 2005), 116-121.

  • "Documents to the ... Freshmen!" DTTP: Documents to the People, vol. 32 (Winter, 2004), 15-17.

  • Awarded "Federal Depository Library of the Year, 2004" -- U.S. Government Printing Office

  • "Creating the Southern Oregon Digital Archives," presentation for the Oregon Heritage Conference, April, 2004.

  • "The Paper Trail Through a Bioregion: the Southern Oregon Digital Archives," presentation for the Federal Depository Library Program, Washington, D.C., October 20, 2003

  • "Good Enough for Government Work: Digitization of Government Information," presentation for the Canadian/American Library Association Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 20, 2003

  • "Digitizing the Northwest: Cooperative Digital Projects in Oregon," presentation for Oregon Library Association Academic Division, OLA Conference, April 15, 2003

  • "The Southern Oregon Digital Archives," presentation for the State of Jefferson Annual Meeting, April, 2003

  • "The Southern Oregon Digital Archives," presentation for the Native American Ecology Education Symposium, February 21, 2003.

  • "The Southern Oregon Digital Archives," presentation for the Native Plant Society, January 16, 2003

  • "ORDOCS in Libraries-Innovative uses of Oregon Government Information: The Southern Oregon Digital Archives," paper presented October 19, 2001 Oregon State Documents Depository Conference

  • 1985-2003 regular annual reviewer for "State Publications," (Oregon section) Journal of Government Information (Nov./Dec issue)

  • "Building a Virtual Depository Using Internet Sources of Information," OLA/WLA (Oregon and Washington Library Associations) Conference 1997. Presentation April 25, 1997.

  • "Answers on the Disc: General Encyclopedias on CD-ROM (with Jim Rible) CD-ROM Professional (July, 1991), 54-61.

  • "Training School Librarians in the Use of U.S. Federal Documents," Documents to the People, vol. 17 (March, 1989), 24-26.

  • Government Publications for the School Library Media Center (28 min. videotape, Deborah Hollens, writer, producer, host and assistant editor) New York: Benchmark Films, 1988.

  • "An Oregon Dozen: Best State Documents of 1987, " Pacific Northwest Library Association Quarterly, vol. 53 (Winter, 1989), 12-15.

Other Professional Activities:

  • "Southern Oregon University Library Self-Study in Preparation for Department Review" (April, 2000) with Teresa Montgomery and Jim Rible

  • "SOU Library Building Program Plan" (Summer, 1998) with Sue Burkholder

  • Exhibits Librarian for 1997 Southern Oregon University accreditation visit by the Northwest Association of Colleges and Universities. Planned and organized all campus exhibits for reviewers.


  • Post masters course work in English, University of Oregon, 1977

  • M.A. General Studies:Humanities (English), Southern Oregon University, 1976

  • M.S.L.S. (Library Science) University of Southern California, 1971

  • B.A. (English) California State University at Northridge, 1970



INSIDE THE LIBRARY: Focus on Deb Hollens

from Bookmarks, Newsletter of Hannon Library (Spring, 2001)

by Lisa McNeil

Government Information Librarian Deborah Hollens began her career at the University Library in 1971 as the library's archivist and part-time reference librarian, after graduating from the University of Southern California with a Master's in Library Science. Deb remembers being so young that she was mistaken for a student when she reported for work.

Deb held many different positions in the library over the next ten years, including Head of Circulation and Head of Reference, and she also earned a Master of Arts degree at Southern Oregon University and pursued post-graduate study in English literature at the University of Oregon. However, it wasn't until 1979 when Deb reluctantly accepted an assignment as the library's Government Documents Librarian, that she discovered that her true calling was in government documents. Deb was joined in 1981 by Library Technician Anne Richards, and the two became the "Mighty Duo" of the library's Documents Department.

Deb's mission over the years has been to advocate for the value of government documents, and to build a documents collection tailored to the specific needs of the university community and the Southern Oregon region. The library's government documents collection serves as the federal documents depository for the entire Second Congressional District of Oregon. Deb is "thrilled that the library's upcoming digitizing project will provide an opportunity to make important documents about the Southern Oregon region available to a wider audience via the Internet." Deb also enjoys working one-on-one with students, and teaching government documents research in a variety of subject areas.

In addition to serving as Government Information Librarian, Deb also serves as the library's liaison to three programs: English, Shakespeare Studies, and Political Science. She enjoys providing library instruction and collection development in these subject areas, including her work developing the library's special Margery Bailey Renaissance Collection. Deb also serves as the library's Department Chair.

Deb feels that she has been fortunate to spend her entire career in a library she loves and in a profession that she is passionate about. She commented that, "although the library might have hired someone else who could have done her job better, they couldn't have found anyone who would have loved it more!"