Deborah Jakubs is the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University. Prior to her appointment in 2005, she served as the Director of Collections Services, the founding head of the International and Area Studies Department, and Librarian for Latin America and Iberia at Duke. As Visiting Program Officer at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), she launched the Global Resources Program, a joint initiative of ARL and the Association of American Universities (AAU), and directed it from 1996 until 2002.
Jakubs holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an M.L.I.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American history from Stanford University. She is an adjunct associate professor of history at Duke.
She has been a consultant to library systems in Chile and Turkey, as well as in the U.S. She has served as Director and Associate Director of the Consortium on Latin American Studies at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, and was a founding member of the steering committee for the Program for Latin American Libraries and Archives, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered for nearly twenty years by Harvard’s Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. She is currently a member of the Review Board of the Modern Endangered Archives Program, based at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Jakubs is a past president of ARL and past chair of the Board of OLE (Open Library Environment). Jakubs has published on library management, global libraries and area studies, international education, and Latin American studies. Her scholarship has focused on the social history of Latin America, immigration to Argentina, and the history of tango.