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Library Federation, effective July 25, 2002. subject: DLF Digital Library Federation director David Seaman CLIR Press Release


For Immediate Release: June 12, 2002

Contact: Deanna Marcum 202-939-4750

David Seaman to Head Digital Library Federation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—David Seaman has been named director of the Digital Library Federation, effective July 25, 2002. Since 1992, Mr. Seaman has been director of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library, whose mission is to create an online archive of standards-based texts and images in the humanities, and to build and support user communities adept at the creation and use of online resources.

Mr. Seaman will work from the Washington, D.C., offices of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), which is the administrative home of the DLF. CLIR President Deanna Marcum said "David Seaman's work at the University of Virginia's Electronic Text Center has connected the library and the scholarly community in an exemplary way. We are delighted that he will bring that experience to the Digital Library Federation."

"I am looking forward greatly to working with the DLF libraries and to joining such a thriving, vibrant organization," said Mr. Seaman.

Mr. Seaman holds a master's degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor's degree in English Studies from the University of East Anglia. He has completed coursework for a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He succeeds Daniel Greenstein, who directed the DLF for two-and-a-half years before becoming university librarian and director of the California Digital Library.

The Digital Library Federation is a partnership of research libraries dedicated to creating, maintaining, expanding, and preserving a distributed collection of digital materials accessible to scholars and a wider public. The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good. In partnership with other organizations, CLIR helps create services that expand the concept of "library" and supports the providers and preservers of information.

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