ATG People in the News 9/13/16

Rachel Frick

Rachel Frick

OCLC reports that they are “pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Frick as Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership.

Frick will lead the program of OCLC Research that undertakes significant, innovative, collective action to benefit scholars and researchers. In this role, she will direct a team of program officers who are widely recognized for their efforts to advance innovation, learning, and connecting libraries to the future.

Frick has nearly 20 years of broad-based library experience, most recently with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) where she was Director of Business Development. In this position, she worked on DPLA’s sustainability plan and forged new relationships and strategic partnerships to build DPLA’s visibility and impact, such as the Open eBooks program. This program brings together a coalition of literacy, library and technology partners who joined together to create an app that makes thousands of popular and award-winning titles free for children from low-income households.

Prior to her work at DPLA, Frick served as the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Program Director at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for four years. In her capacity as DLF Director, she was instrumental in building a large and diverse community of practitioners, working to advance research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology and services. Frick held senior positions at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the University of Richmond, among other roles. She is widely known in the library, archive, and museum world for her vision, creative problem solving, and organizational knowledge…

Frick will begin at OCLC on September 19.”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has named Catherine Davidson as a visiting program officer (VPO) for scholarly communication initiatives from September 2016 through June 2017. Davidson, a 2009–2010 graduate of the ARL Leadership Fellows program, is the associate university librarian (AUL) for collections and research at York University in Toronto, Canada.

In her role as VPO for scholarly communication initiatives, Davidson will help plan and implement a one-day institute on scholarly communication to be offered at the ACRL 2017 Conference. She will collaborate with the ARL staff to revamp the Association’s scholarly communication presence on and to continue the series profiling digital scholarship support in ARL libraries. She may also engage in other projects that emerge from ARL’s Strategic Framework during the coming months…

Davidson has been active in the ARL community, especially in the area of library assessment. She collaborated with two York colleagues on the development of the ARL SPEC Kit on Digital Image Collections and Services and she worked and presented on the 2009–2010 MINES for Libraries survey conducted for the Ontario Council of University Libraries. Davidson also served as York’s representative in the Association while she was interim university librarian in 2014–2015.

The ARL VPO program provides opportunities for outstanding staff members at ARL member libraries to contribute to special projects and programs, either in whole or in part, in order to advance the agenda of the Association.”

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