Chris Shaffer

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Information Management at University of California San Francisco

Chris Shaffer joined UCSF as University Librarian, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Information Management, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, in August 2017. Previously, he was University Librarian and Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) for nine years. He has helped plan interprofessional education initiatives and worked with research offices and Clinical and Translational Science Award centers to develop new library services for researchers. At OHSU, he worked with Dr. Melissa Haendel to found the Ontology Development Group. A leader in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, Chris was a champion for the library consortium’s migration to a Shared Integrated Library System. Chris is an active member of the Medical Library Association, where he recently finished a term as Treasurer on the Board of Directors, and is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. His other past positions include Assistant Director for Technology and Outreach at the University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences; Technology Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region; and Resident Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chris holds a BA in Philosophy from Texas A&M University and an MS in Information Science from the University of North Texas.


  • Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Information Management

    Current role

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