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University Librarian receives promotion

Marianne Gaunt

In June Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick announced the promotion of University Librarian Marianne Gaunt to the position of vice president for information services and university librarian.

In the announcement the president noted: "This new title reflects the strong leadership Marianne provides to the university's extensive system of libraries and the importance of the university libraries to the mission and goals of the university. As university librarian since 1997, Marianne has led the transition of the Rutgers University Libraries into the digital age and transformed the way Rutgers serves our community. The libraries now provide numerous services online and the libraries are information technology leaders."

"The open source technology software they developed to help preserve our digital collections is being used for the university's transition to electronic theses and dissertations. The libraries' workflow management system software is being used by the Library of Congress, and the libraries have been invited to participate in an international effort to design a new open source library technology infrastructure."

"The Rutgers University Libraries are also recognized leaders in statewide information initiatives such as the New Jersey Digital Highway database of resources about New Jersey and the NJVid portal for the collection and delivery of digital video throughout the state. Under Marianne Gaunt's leadership, our libraries' service program has prospered, our relationships with fellow research libraries have been strengthened, and our national reputation has been enhanced."

Marianne is president of the Association of Research Libraries, serves on the board of the regional library network, PALINET, and is founding chair of the statewide academic library consortium, the Virtual Academic Library Environment (VALE). Her university service includes co-chairing the Copyright Policy Review Committee and the Work Life and Family Issues Committee.

Marianne was president of the board of trustees of PALCI, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., and is a member of the board of directors of the New Jersey Center for the Book. Marianne previously served as a board member of the Center for Research Libraries, a consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries. She also served as a member of the research libraries advisory board of OCLC, an international nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization. In April 2000, Marianne received the Distinguished Service award from the College and University Section of the New Jersey Library Association.

Congratulations to Marianne on this well earned promotion!

Posted July 17, 2008