CLIR Board Elects Ingrid Parent; Appoints New Executive Committee

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University of British Columbia's university librarian brings international experience and focus on digital opportunities for memory institutions.

Ingrid Parent

Ingrid Parent has worked tirelessly to bring the world of libraries together to explore shared concerns and address common challenges.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ingrid Parent to the CLIR Board of Directors.

Ms. Parent is university librarian at the University of British Columbia, a post she has held since July 2009. That same year, she won the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship. She was previously assistant deputy minister at Library and Archives Canada, where she was responsible for the development, description, and preservation of Canada’s documentary heritage. From 2011–2013, she served as president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). In 2011, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa. Through the course of her work, she has focused particular attention on digital opportunities for memory institutions, including the collection of electronic publications and archival records, the provision of new and efficient digital services, and converting information to digital formats.

"Two of the most important concepts that inform CLIR's vision and mission are collaboration and coherence," said CLIR President Chuck Henry. "Ingrid Parent's accomplishments embody these goals. She has worked tirelessly to bring the world of libraries together to explore shared concerns and address common challenges, and to improve services in an increasingly complex world. We welcome her insight and experience to our Board.”

The Board also appointed a new executive committee:

Chair: David Gift, associate vice president for community engagement, Internet2
Vice Chair: Leslie Weir, university librarian, University of Ottawa
Treasurer: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communication, Modern Language Association

Karin Wittenborg, university librarian at the University of Virginia, retired from the Board after nine years of service.

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.

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