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For Immediate Release: November 30, 2005
Contact: David Seaman dseaman@clir.org
202-939-4762

Geneva Henry Named Distinguished Fellow

Washington, D.C.—The Digital Library Federation (DLF) has named Geneva Henry, executive director of Rice University's Digital Library Initiative, a DLF distinguished fellow. She will work full-time for a year, starting in January 2006.

Working with a team of DLF colleagues, Ms. Henry will develop the DLF Services Framework, an initiative that seeks to understand and communicate the business processes of libraries in the new world of digital information, and to relate them to emerging services. It is intended to provide the community with a roadmap and a common reference vocabulary around which to organize collective attention to library services in a changing networked environment. For more information about this initiative and the results of the Services Framework Working Group to date, see http://www.diglib.org/architectures/serviceframe/.

"This is a most important and timely initiative, as the library undergoes significant changes in the business model it has worked under for at least the past century," Henry said. "The emerging library of the 21st century will be required to redefine its role with its constituents as new, complex information sources continue to present themselves." Carol Mandel, president of the Digital Library Federation and dean of libraries at New York University, adds, "This project is central to the work of DLF as we build networked digital libraries collaboratively that support research and scholarship. We are fortunate to have someone with Ms. Henry's ideal blend of expertise and experience from both the library and technology worlds to work with us to construct the DLF Services Framework."

This fellowship is part of the CLIR/DLF Distinguished Fellows Program, which was established in 2000 as a means of giving talented individuals an opportunity to pursue their own research while helping advance the agendas of CLIR and DLF.

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) is an independent membership organization of academic libraries and related organizations that pioneer the use of electronic-information technologies to extend their collections and services. Founded in 1995, DLF identifies standards and best practices for digital collections and network access; coordinates research and development in the libraries' use of technology; and incubates projects and services that libraries need but cannot develop individually. More information about DLF is available at www.diglib.org.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the management of information for research, teaching, and learning. CLIR works to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good. CLIR is the administrative home of the Digital Library Federation. More information about CLIR is available at www.clir.org.

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