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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Northwestern University Named Rick Peterson Fellow


September 11, 2012

NITLE Contact: Grace Pang

CLIR Contact: Kathlin Smith

(Washington, D.C. and Georgetown, TX) Joshua Honn, digital scholarship library fellow at Northwestern University Library’s Center for Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation, has been awarded the 2012-2013 Rick Peterson Fellowship. Cosponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), the fellowship is awarded annually to an early career IT professional or librarian who has reached beyond traditional boundaries to resolve a significant challenge or critical problem facing IT/digital libraries.

Mr. Honn received the fellowship based on his contributions to developing the undergraduate history course, “Digitizing Folk Music History,” and his ability to meld librarianship and scholarship with digital skills and design thinking and, in so doing, solve problems in research and teaching at the undergraduate level. The fellowship will support Mr. Honn’s participation in the 2013 NITLE Summit and CLIR’s DLF Forum.

“Joshua Honn’s work at Northwestern University exemplifies the collaborative nature of digital scholarship and the importance of working across professional boundaries to solve present-day challenges in pedagogy and inquiry,” said Joey King, NITLE executive director. “Developing effective solutions to those challenges requires collaboration across campus units and is essential to the future of liberal education.”

“Rick Peterson was well known for his willingness and ability to collaborate,” added CLIR President Charles Henry. “In nominating him for this award, Joshua Honn’s colleagues specifically noted his willingness and ability to collaborate with them in adventurous but practical ways to solve problems and realize project goals. This type of contribution is very much in the spirit of the Rick Peterson Fellowship.”

The Rick Peterson Fellowship honors the life and work of the late Richard (Rick) Allen Peterson, an active promoter of collaboration in the area of information technology services and digital libraries and former chief technology officer at Washington and Lee University. Charles Henry, Joey King, and David Saacke, executive director of Information Technology Services at Washington and Lee University, served as this year’s selection committee.

Individuals or organizations wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Rick Peterson Fellowship may send donations to the Council on Library and Information Resources, 1707 L Street, NW #600, Washington, DC 20036. Please 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

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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