University Libraries Welcomes Dr. Musa Wakhungu Olaka as Associate Dean for Special Collections and Area Studies


Portrait of Musa Olaka
Dr. Musa Wakhungu Olaka

University Libraries is pleased to announce that Dr. Musa Wakhungu Olaka has accepted the Associate Dean for Special Collections and Area Studies role for The Ohio State University Libraries. 

As a member of University Libraries’ senior leadership team, Dr. Olaka will partner with colleagues across Libraries to lead organizational efforts to advance knowledge creation, enable student success and broaden community engagement through the use of unique and distinctive collections in support of the university’s transformational academic plan and ambitious research agenda.

Dr. Olaka brings extensive experience in library management, coupled with hands-on expertise in Archive and Special Collections. He most recently served as the Director of Libraries at Prairie View A&M University. Under his guidance, the Archives and Special Collections Department at Prairie View A&M University flourished. Dr. Olaka strategically expanded the department, ensuring it had the right talent to preserve and showcase valuable materials. Recognizing the importance of digitization, he established a state-of-the-art unit to convert historical documents into digital formats. Dr. Olaka championed the creation of an institutional repository, providing a centralized platform for scholarly works.

Prior to Prairie View A&M University, Dr. Olaka served as the Librarian for African Studies, Global and International Studies at the University of Kansas. His collaborative efforts fostered connections among librarians, faculty and students. Notably, he played a pivotal role in enhancing the Area Studies Unit, enriching resources related to Africa and global affairs.
Beyond his recent accomplishments, Dr. Olaka has served in various capacities across higher education institutions. Two of which include Assistant Library Director and Head of Information Services Unit for Southeast Missouri State University and Librarian for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at the University of South Florida. 

Dr. Olaka’s academic journey is marked by excellence. He holds a PhD in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri. His passion for education extends to a Master of Education (Library Studies) and a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree from Kenyatta University. His appointment will begin July 15, and he will report to Damon Jaggars, Vice Provost and Dean of University Libraries.