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Rochester's Susan Gibbons Named ARL Visiting Program Officer

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April 24, 2006

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Rochester's Susan Gibbons Named ARL Visiting Program Officer

Washington, DC—Susan Gibbons, Associate Dean for Public Services & Collection Development, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, was appointed ARL Visiting Program Officer effective March 2006. Ron Dow, Dean of the River Campus Libraries, is contributing part of Susan's time to ARL so that she may advance the work of a new ARL task force examining research library roles in enhanced environments for teaching & learning.

Susan has achieved a national reputation in defining strategies to increase dialogue and collaboration between faculty and librarians. At Rochester, for example, she directed the launch of an institutional repository and also developed CoURse Resources, a relational database of major library resources and course offerings. CoURse Resources allows subject specialist librarians and professors to work together to generate quickly a page of links to the best print and electronic (and human) library resources for any course.

ARL recruited Susan to work with the recently established Task Force on Library Roles in Enhanced Environments for Teaching and Learning. This new ARL task force is charged to survey the landscape, prioritize policy issues, and advise on a strategic agenda for ARL to pursue that will support library roles in advancing teaching and learning in the distinctive environment of a research institution.

William D. Walker, University Librarian at the University of Miami, is chairing the task force. "Susan Gibbons brings to the task force an impressive expertise in the successful application of information technology in support of the mission of a research institution as well as the insights to see how ARL could focus an agenda in this arena," said Mr. Walker. "It is a privilege to partner with her on this important ARL inquiry."

Susan earned an MA in history and MLS at Indiana University and a professional MBA at University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2000 she arrived at the River Campus Libraries at University of Rochester, where she held a number of positions related to several digital initiatives before being promoted to Assistant and, most recently, Associate Dean.

She is the author of Library Technology Reports on institutional repositories and course management systems published by the American Library Association in 2004 and 2005 and is currently writing a forthcoming book on rethinking the academic library model to better serve the "net generation."

Susan may be contacted at the University of Rochester

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