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CLIR Appoints Michael Edson Distinguished Presidential Fellow

Contact: Kathlin Smith



Washington, DC, June 24, 2014-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has appointed Michael Edson CLIR Distinguished Presidential Fellow.

Michael Edson is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. He has worked on numerous award-winning projects and has been involved in practically every aspect of technology and new media in museums including the development of the Smithsonian’s groundbreaking Web and New Media Strategy; the Smithsonian’s first blog, Eye Level; and the first alternative reality game to take place in a museum, Ghosts of a Chance. Michael serves on the Open Knowledge Foundation’s OpenGLAM advisory board and he was a member of the National Endowment for the Arts “Art Works” task force, which mapped the relationship between the arts and the quality of life in American communities. Michael is an O’Reilly Foo Camp veteran, and was named a “Tech Titan: person to watch” by Washingtonian magazine.

As a Presidential Fellow, Edson will work with CLIR on strategic and practical aspects of migrating the Cataloging Hidden Collections program to an international competition for the digitization of our cultural record.

“Mike’s distinguished record of thoughtful, innovative approaches to digital technology that promotes access to and understanding of our cultural heritage is remarkable,” said CLIR President Chuck Henry. “His essays and blogs are lucid and insightful, and we are delighted that he will bring his formidable talents to assist us in evolving what we hope to be a transformational digitization project for the public good.“

“CLIR has a powerful vision for the preeminent value of open content and open inquiry in a healthy democracy,” said Edson. “I am excited to be part of CLIR’s exceptional community, and I’m thrilled to be helping them bring their vision to fruition on a global scale.”

CLIR awards Distinguished Presidential Fellowships to individuals who have achieved a high level of professional distinction in their fields and are working in areas of interest to CLIR and the Digital Library Federation. Fellows may be appointed for one or two years.

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. It aims to promote forward-looking collaborative solutions that transcend disciplinary, institutional, professional, and geographic boundaries in support of the public good.

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