|Kenyon College Librarian Selected As First Rick Peterson Fellow|
Success in Collaborative Projects Cited
(Washington, D.C.; Georgetown, TX; Lexington, VA) - Meghan Frazer, digital resource librarian at Kenyon College, is the recipient of the first Rick Peterson Fellowship. Co-sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), the fellowship will be awarded annually to an early career IT professional or librarian who has reached beyond traditional boundaries to resolve a significant challenge or critical problem facing IT/digital libraries.
Ms. Frazer received the fellowship on the basis of her collaborative work with OhioLINK and The Five Colleges of Ohio and on âThe Community Withinâ project, which digitally archives and provides âonline free access to historical records of the Black community life and experience in Knox County, Ohio.â The selection committee also noted Ms. Frazerâs broader contributions to Kenyon Collegeâs Library and Information Services. The fellowship will support Ms. Frazerâs participation in the 2012 NITLE Symposium and CLIRâs DLF Forum.
âIn recognizing Meghan Frazer with this fellowship, we hope to call attention to the importance of collaborating across professional boundaries,â said Joey King, NITLE executive director. âBreaking down silos both on campus and across organizations is critical to advancing the mission of liberal education.â
âCLIR and NITLE developed the Rick Peterson Fellowship to honor a friend and colleague known for his willingness and ability to collaborate,â added CLIR president Charles Henry. âThe successful advancement of knowledgeâexemplified by projects such as âThe Community Withinââdepends on the strong relationships that effective collaboration develops.â
The Rick Peterson Fellowship honors the life and work of the late Richard (Rick) Allen Peterson, an active promoter of collaboration in the area of information technology services and digital libraries and former chief technology officer at Washington and Lee University. Charles Henry, Joey King, and David Saacke, executive director of Information Technology Services at Washington and Lee University, served as this yearâs selection committee.
Individuals or organizations wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Rick Peterson Fellowship may send donations to the Council on Library and Information Resources, 1752 N Street, NW #800, Washington, DC 20036. Please earmark your check âPeterson Fellowship.â
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About 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. Its Digital Library Federation (DLF) program runs an annual Forum, which serves as a meeting place, marketplace, and congress for digital library practitioners. The 2011 Forum will be held October 31-November 2 in Baltimore. CLIRâs website is at www.clir.org. Information on the DLF is available at www.nitle.org)
About Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University, the nation's ninth oldest institution of higher education, is among the nationÂčs premier liberal arts colleges and universities. Washington and Lee University provides a liberal arts education that develops students' capacity to think freely, critically, and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates are prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society. (www.wlu.edu)