CLIR Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2011
NITLE Contact: Grace Pang
CLIR Contact: Kathlin Smith
New Fellowship Honors Rick Peterson
(Washington, D.C., Georgetown, Texas, and Lexington, Virginia) The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) have created a fellowship in honor of Richard (Rick) Allen Peterson (1958–2011) to promote collaboration in the area of information technology services and digital libraries.
Rick Peterson served as the chief technology officer at Washington and Lee University from July 2007 until his death on January 12, 2011. Throughout 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 and the Digital Library Federation (DLF).
The annual Rick Peterson Fellowship will recognize an early-career IT professional or librarian who has led a collaborative effort and reached beyond traditional boundaries to resolve a significant challenge or critical problem in IT/digital libraries. 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 award covers travel, lodging, and registration costs associated with the fellow’s participation in NITLE’s annual spring symposium and the DLF Forum. Attending these events will enable the fellow to share his or her ideas and engage in wider discussion across professional communities.
“We are pleased to cosponsor this fellowship to honor Rick Peterson and to celebrate his achievements,” said CLIR president Chuck Henry. “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.”
“Rick Peterson was a valued colleague and friend,” said Joey King, NITLE executive director. “He was a problem-solver who cared about people. We are honored to play a role in extending his legacy through this fellowship.”
“Rick led his information technology team in a series of transformations that were extraordinary in scope and impact for Washington and Lee University,” said June Aprille, provost at Washington and Lee. “His talent, vision, and great humanity will be long remembered and visible in the legacies of his accomplishments.”
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, 1752 N Street, NW #800, Washington, DC 20036. Please be sure to earmark your check “Peterson Fellowship.”
Nominations for the award will be accepted through Friday, June 17. Representatives from CLIR, NITLE, and Washington and Lee University will review nominations and announce a decision in early September. For more information, including a link to the nomination form, visit www.nitle.org/rickpetersonfellowship.php.
About the Council on Library and Information Resources
CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. Its Digital Library Federation (DLF) program runs an annual Forum, which serves as a meeting place, marketplace, and congress for digital library practitioners. The 2011 Forum will be held October 31-November 2 in Baltimore. CLIR’s website is at www.clir.org. Information on the DLF is available at www.diglib.org.
About the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education helps liberal arts colleges integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology. It is the key organization for liberal arts institutions seeking to use technology strategically to advance the liberal-arts mission. NITLE’s spring symposium offers an open, cross-professional, national venue for exchange between faculty, technologists, librarians, and administrators at liberal arts institutions. Planned with extensive input from the community, it creates a space for educators to interact across traditional roles and boundaries, bringing diverse expertise to bear on challenges shared across liberal arts campuses. (www.nitle.org)
About Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University, the nation’s ninth oldest institution of higher education, is among the nation¹s premier liberal arts colleges and universities. Washington and Lee University provides a liberal arts education that develops students’ capacity to think freely, critically, and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates are prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society. (www.wlu.edu)