Deanna Marcum will become the managing director of Ithaka S+R effective January 1, 2012, the not-for-profit research and consulting service announced today.
Marcum has been the Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress. She also served as the president of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the dean of the Catholic University School of Library and Information Science. The American Libraries Association (ALA) awarded her the Melvil Dewey Medal, its highest honor, in June.
“I could not possibly be more excited that Deanna has agreed to join our team,” said Kevin Guthrie, president of ITHAKA, in a press release. Ithaka S+R is a part of ITHAKA, which also includes JSTOR and Portico. “She is a giant in the field, one of the singular leaders in the library community. She has been an ITHAKA trustee since 2005, so she knows our organization well. Not only will she be a fantastic leader for Ithaka S+R, but she will also play an important role leading our overall organization.”
In 1997, Marcum led the merger of the Council on Library Resources and the Commission on Preservation and Access to form CLIR. In collaboration with EDUCAUSE and Emory University, she also developed the Frye Leadership Institute to help mid-career librarians and IT specialists broaden their understanding of higher education issues.
“As I retire from the Library of Congress, I want to remain engaged and devote more time to the issues I am passionate about: preservation, the future of information organizations, and higher education,” Marcum said in the press release.
Ithaka S+R is a research and consulting service that focuses on the transformation of scholarship and teaching in an online environment.