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Lisa Spiro Named Program Manager for Anvil Academic


June 7, 2012

NITLE Contact: Grace Pang

CLIR Contact: Kathlin Smith

Washington, D.C. and Georgetown, Texas, June 7, 2012-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) announce the appointment of Lisa Spiro as program manager for Anvil Academic.

Spiro, who is concurrently director of NITLE Labs, will direct production of Anvil titles and oversee technical staff and technical resources provided by collaborating institutions in realizing the editorial vision of Anvil and its authors. She will work with Anvil Editor Fred Moody in preparing, optimizing, and finalizing Anvil titles for publication, in building the Anvil production and display system, and in collaborating with other institutions in distributing and preserving Anvil titles.

“Lisa’s deep experience with digital scholarship and scholarly communication make her an excellent fit for Anvil Academic,” said Joey King, executive director of NITLE. “We’re excited to see what synergies may arise between her work for Anvil and ongoing projects at NITLE Labs.”

As director of NITLE Labs, Spiro works with the liberal arts community to promote collaboration and innovation in teaching and learning, research, and scholarly communication. She will continue this work with NITLE with a sharper focus on advancing collaborative projects. Her research interests include the digital humanities, user studies, open education, and the transformation of libraries. She is the founding editor of the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) wiki and authors the Digital Scholarship in the Humanities blog, which analyzes developments in digital humanities pedagogy, research, and scholarly communication. Previously, Dr. Spiro directed the Digital Media Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library, where she oversaw the campus’ central multimedia lab, worked with instructors on integrating technology into the curriculum, and contributed to digital library projects.

Anvil Academic, formed in February 2012 by CLIR and NITLE, is a digital publisher for the humanities. Anvil will focus on publishing new forms of scholarship that cannot be adequately conveyed in the traditional monograph. Works published through Anvil will be available through Creative Commons licenses on the Web and as apps on portable devices. The title production system will be developed jointly by NITLE and CLIR for use by other institutions, each of which would have the opportunity to publish under its own imprint. It is expected that Anvil will publish its first title in early 2013.

More information on Anvil Academic is available at, and

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. (

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. Established in 2001 with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NITLE is the key organization for liberal arts institutions seeking to use technology strategically to advance the liberal-arts mission. (

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