Washington, DC, July 23, 2015-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has appointed W. Joseph King interim executive director of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). Earlier this month, NITLE migrated its operations to CLIR from Southwestern University.
Mr. King is a distinguished fellow at NITLE and a CLIR Board member. He previously served as NITLE’s executive director and as vice president for innovation at Southwestern University. In his role as interim executive director, Mr. King will be involved with planning, member relations, and outreach for NITLE.
The decision to move NITLE to CLIR stemmed from the recognition that the two organizations’ programmatic interests are closely aligned and that CLIR could help expand NITLE’s audience and potential collaborators. In addition, the environment for liberal arts colleges has changed fundamentally in 15 years, and the transition provides an opportunity to re-evaluate NITLE’s focus and activities.
“I am deeply grateful that Joey King will lead NITLE through this transitional period,” said CLIR President Chuck Henry. “Working integrally with NITLE members and thought leaders in the liberal arts community, Joey’s insight, administrative acumen, and record of success with the NITLE community will be crucial as we consider possible avenues of development for this important national program.”
Mr. King said, “As a longtime CLIR board member, I am excited to see NITLE hosted at an organization with a national purview and an understanding of the challenges that face liberal arts colleges in the 21st century.”
NITLE was formed in 2001 to help liberal arts colleges integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology. In recent years, it has spearheaded the Academic Commons, which provides leaders and innovators with a venue for exchanging ideas about the strategic integration of pedagogy and technology in liberal education. It also developed NITLE Shared Practice, which connects campuses with leading practices for integrating technology into liberal education; NITLE Shared Academics, which models a new approach to liberal education; and NITLE Shared Libraries, which helps liberal arts college libraries build new models for providing access to scholarly resources.
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.