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Association of Research Libraries Director to Address Traits of Top Libraries

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
October 10th, 2014

The West Virginia University Libraries will host a presentation by Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Executive Director Dr. Elliott Shore on October 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Gluck Theater.

In his talk, “Nineteenth-Century Origins Collide with the Twenty-First Century: The Research Library Conundrum,” Shore will share insights gained from visits to some of the top research libraries across the nation and inspire new thinking about the future role of research libraries.

Shore recently finished a tour of several institutions his organization represents. ARL is a nonprofit membership organization comprising 125 research libraries that include academic libraries, public libraries, national libraries, and special libraries in the US and Canada.

Before becoming ARL president in 2013, Shore served as the Constance A. Jones director of libraries, chief information officer (CIO), and professor of history at Bryn Mawr College. As libraries director, he modernized and streamlined operations by combining departments, realigning collections appropriations, and adding new areas of collection development. As CIO, he reorganized the college’s library and computing operations into a single Information Services unit.


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