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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): President Obama has nominated
former Congressman James Leach as Chairman of the NEH. Leach is currently the
John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs and Co. Visiting Professor of Public and
International Affairs at the
Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and International
Affairs at Princeton. While
serving as a member of the
House for the state of Iowa, he
founded and co-chaired the
Congressional Humanities
Caucus.
Urban Libraries Council:
Susan Benton has been
named President and CEO.
She was previously Research,
Development, and Strategic Partners Executive at the International City/County
Management Association.
Grants
UCLA, Harvard, and Yale have been awarded $5 million grants by Arcadia, a
funding organization based in the UK whose mission is to protect endangered
treasures of culture and nature. The grants provide flexible support for the
libraries’ core functions.
North Carolina State’s Digital Library Initiatives, along with four partner organiza-
tions, have been awarded a $2.18 million grant from the National Science Founda-
tion to expand Dryad, a digital data repository. Dryad is designed to archive data
that underlie published findings in evolutionary biology, ecology, and related fields.
Honors
Jim Neal (Columbia) was chosen to receive ALA’s 2009 Melvil Dewey Medal
Award, which is given in recognition of creative leadership of high order. The
2009 Melvil Dewey Award will be presented at the ALA Award Ceremony and
Reception on Tuesday, July 14, during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
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JUNE 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
Memorial
Edward Connery Lathem, 1926–2009
Edward Connery Lathem, Dartmouth College Librarian and Dean of the Libraries
Emeritus, died unexpectedly on May 15, 2009, in his Dartmouth office at age
82. Lathem served as head librarian from 1968 to 1978. In 1973 he was
accorded the rank of dean and he thereafter carried the dual title Librarian of the
College and Dean of Libraries. Lathem was the editor or co-editor of several
volumes of the poet Robert Frost’s work. While an ARL member representative,
he was the Chairman of the Commission on Access to Resources (1973–74) and
was elected to the ARL Board of Directors in 1975. He served as ARL President-
Elect/Vice President in 1975–76 and President in 1976–77.
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