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CLIR and NITLE Accepting Nominations for Rick Peterson Fellowship


May 23, 2012

NITLE Contact: Grace Pang

CLIR Contact: Kathlin Smith

(Washington, D.C. and Georgetown, Texas) The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) are accepting nominations for the Rick Peterson Fellowship.

Established last year in honor of Richard (Rick) Allen Peterson (1958–2011), the annual award recognizes 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. The award covers travel, lodging, and registration costs associated with the fellow’s participation in NITLE’s annual summit and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum. 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. 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 NITLE and long-time supporter of the work pursued by CLIR and DLF.

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. Nominations for the award will be accepted through Friday, June 15. 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

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, 1706 L Street, NW #650, Washington, DC 20036. Please be sure to earmark your check “Peterson Fellowship.”

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 2012 Forum will be held November 3-6, 2012, in Denver, Colorado; information is available at CLIR’s website is at

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 annual summit provides a venue for senior leaders from campuses in the NITLE Network, key non-profit organizations, business, government, and foundations to engage in deep dialogue about strategic issues relevant to liberal arts colleges. (

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