In honor and recognition of Richard (Rick) Allen Peterson (1958 - 2011), the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) have created a fellowship in Mr. Peterson’s name to promote collaboration in the area of information technology services and digital libraries.
The annual Rick Peterson Fellowship recognizes an early-career IT professional or librarian who has led a collaborative effort to resolve a significant challenge or critical problem in IT/digital libraries. The award recognizes the need to reach beyond traditional boundaries to solve problems, one of Mr. Peterson’s great talents. Higher-education professionals who have worked for five or fewer years in information technology services and/or libraries may be nominated to compete for the fellowship. The selected fellow will demonstrate the acumen necessary for successful collaboration and an understanding of the benefits of reaching out beyond one’s professional boundaries. Both characteristics reflect Mr. Peterson’s strengths. The award covers travel, lodging, and registration costs associated with the fellow’s participation in NITLE’s annual summit and CLIR’s Digital Library Federation Forum, both national venues. Attending these events will enable the fellow to share his or her ideas and engage in wider discussion across professional communities.
Rick Peterson served as the chief technology officer at Washington and Lee University from July 2007 until his death on January 12, 2011. Over the course of his career, he served and provided leadership in the area of information technology and academic computing at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Rice University. He was a member of the inaugural advisory board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education and long-time supporter of the work pursued by the Council on Library and Information Resources. Those who had the privilege of working with him remember his extraordinarily supple mind, his compassion and respect for others, and his remarkable willingness to collaborate. The Rick Peterson Fellowship was created to honor and remember him and to celebrate and perpetuate his achievements.
The nomination period for 2012 is now closed. The next call for nominations will be issued in fall 2013. Higher-education professionals who have worked for five or fewer years in information technology services, or libraries, or both, may be nominated.
Individuals or organizations wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Rick Peterson Fellowship can send donations to the Council on Library and Information Resources, 1707 L Street, NW #650, Washington, DC 20036. Please be sure to earmark your check “Peterson Fellowship.”
Questions about the Rick Peterson Fellowship may be directed to Grace Pang, NITLE’s director of communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.