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CLIR Press Release

CLIR Press Release

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release October 30, 2000

Contact: Dan Greenstein 202-939-4762

Denise Troll Named Distinguished Fellow

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Digital Library Federation (DLF) has named Denise Troll, assistant university librarian for library information technology at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, a DLF distinguished fellow. She is the third fellow that CLIR and the DLF have appointed since the program was established in May 2000.

Ms. Troll will spearhead that part of the DLF's program which aims to identify and evaluate measures that are appropriate for assessing the use and effectiveness of digital library collections and services. Work will be conducted on a number of fronts: consortially, among a selected group of universities and colleges that want to explore how use of their libraries has changed since the inception of the Internet and how to respond to this change; through a broad-based survey to identify effective mechanisms for assessing use of digital library collections and services; and in the design and conduct of a broadly comparative investigation of digital library use that deploys those mechanisms.

"Ms. Troll's unique background—combining library systems, human factors analysis, philosophy, and rhetoric, and including extensive experience in user analysis and digital library systems design and development—makes her ideally suited to lead what is arguably one of the DLF's most important program areas," says DLF Director Daniel Greenstein. "Universities and colleges are investing significantly in their digital libraries, but often with little regard to the substantial cumulative experience of how current online collections and services are being used. This program seeks to expose and evaluate that experience for the benefit of institutions that are currently building their digital libraries. It aims to identify tried-and-tested digital library performance measures, and to inform digital library developments generally by assembling and analyzing benchmark data and usage trends."

The CLIR/DLF Distinguished Fellows Program was established as a means of giving talented individuals an opportunity to pursue their own research agendas while helping advance the CLIR/DLF agenda. The fellowships are available for periods of three to twelve months. CLIR and DLF expect to fund three fellowships per year. For information on how to apply for a fellowship, see http://www.clir.org/news/pressrelease/fellows.html.

The Council on Library and Information Resources works in partnership with libraries, archives, and other information providers to advocate collaborative approaches to preserving the nation's intellectual heritage and strengthening the many components of its information system. The Digital Library Federation operates under the umbrella of CLIR and 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.

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