James G. Neal elected to OCLC Board of Trustees

James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, has been elected to the OCLC Board of Trustees.

A librarian for more than 35 years, Mr. Neal served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York before his appointment at Columbia.

He is currently Chair of the ALA Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) and has served on the Council and Executive Board of the American Library Association. He has served on the Board and as President of the Association of Research Libraries, on the Board and as Chair of the Research Libraries Group (RLG), and as Chair of the RLG Programs Committee of the OCLC Board.

Mr. Neal has also served on the Board and as Chair of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and on the Board and as Treasurer of the Freedom to Read Foundation. He brings to the OCLC Board extensive experience and expertise in scholarly communication, including service as Chair of the Scholarly Publication and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and in copyright, including membership on the Library of Congress Section 108 Study Group.

As Chair of RLG, Mr. Neal played a leading role with Betsy Wilson, Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington and then-Chair of the OCLC Board, in the merger of RLG and OCLC in 2006. A distinguished librarian, Mr. Neal’s accolades include 1997 Academic Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the 2007 ALA Hugh Atkinson Memorial Award and the 2009 ALA Melvil Dewey Medal.

Mr. Neal was elected to a four-year term by the OCLC Board of Trustees on April 19.

The OCLC Board of Trustees is made up of 13 to 17 members elected by OCLC Global Council and by the Board itself. The President of OCLC also serves on the Board. With the election of Mr. Neal, 10 of the 16 trustees currently serving on the Board are librarians.

The OCLC Global Council is expected to elect another member to the Board of Trustees on April 22.

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