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Mellon Foundation Funds Scholarly Communication Institute

join with Dartmouth College Library to develop a Scholarly Communication
Institute with a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Scholarly Communication Institute
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CLIR Press Release


For Immediate Release: April 11, 2002

Contact: Deanna Marcum 202-939-4750
or Richard Lucier 603-646-2236

Mellon Foundation Funds Scholarly Communication Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council on Library and Information Resources will
join with Dartmouth College Library to develop a Scholarly Communication
Institute with a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Digital technology is changing the traditional process of scholarly
communication—the process by which scholarly information is created, distributed, stored,
and preserved. Scholars, libraries, and commercial and nonprofit organizations
have undertaken numerous experiments to explore the potential of digital technology
for creating richer materials or better access for teaching and research, or for
helping libraries alleviate space or resource constraints. We know little about whether
many of these experiments can become sustainable, and we know less about how
systemic change will occur over time.

The Scholarly Communication Institute will bring together
pioneers and innovators in scholarly communication for a one-week residential experience that will
allow them to discuss, plan, and organize institutional and discipline-based strategies
for advancing innovation in scholarly communication. The institute will foster this
cadre of leaders as mentors to the next generation of individuals who will work at
the forefront of the transformation of scholarly communication in a digital
environment. At least three annual institutes will be held, all on the Dartmouth campus
in Hanover, New Hampshire. The first is scheduled for the summer of 2003.

“We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for supporting the development of
this institute, which will provide a rare gift of time for leaders in the field to join their
peers in deep thinking and discussion about visions and strategies for the future,” said
CLIR President Deanna Marcum. “We are very pleased to be cooperating with Dartmouth
on this project.”

“We have learned a great deal from the experiments to date. We look forward to
giving those who have led these experiments a chance to consider what must be done next
for the academy to benefit fully from the tremendous potential of digital libraries,”
said Dartmouth Librarian Richard Lucier.

The institute will be limited to 20 individuals annually from the scholarly,
library, publishing, and technology communities. Individuals must be nominated by
their institutions or by peers from other institutions who recognize their work. The
nominator must submit evidence of the pioneering qualities of the work accomplished by
the nominees. Detailed application information will appear on CLIR’s Web site in July .

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.

Chartered in 1769, Dartmouth College is a private,
liberal arts institution in Hanover, New Hampshire. It is an undergraduate residential college that also offers
numerous graduate and professional programs. Dartmouth has long been a leader in
the application of digital technology to scholarship and learning.

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