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Jean Moss named NLS digital projects coordinator

For Immediate Release:
July 30, 2004
Contact: Robert E. Fistick
(202) 707-9279 or [email protected]

Jean M. Moss has been appointed digital projects coordinator of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Moss has held progressively responsible positions with the free library service since January 2000, when she became assistant head of the Production Control Section.

As digital projects coordinator, Moss is charged with coordinating a range of current and future long-term projects that will transform the existing NLS analog cassette-based production and distribution system to an improved system based in digital technology. She will work closely with the director, deputy director, and technical and managerial staff to assist in the implementation of this major transition, from which NLS's nearly 700,000 program users will begin to benefit with the phased introduction of digital talking book machines and media, planned for 2008.

"Moss brings to the post a superb combination of technical and managerial skills, along with a profound understanding of the NLS mission and the requirements of patrons," says NLS director Frank Kurt Cylke. "Her abilities and personal qualities are ideally suited to the challenges of the complex digital transition that is under way."

Specifically, Moss is responsible for monitoring plans and projects from conception through implementation for the acquisition, production, distribution, storage, and preservation of digital book and magazine collections and equipment, and provision of digitally-based services to more than 140 libraries and their patrons in the nationwide network. She will identify potential technical and logistic problems in cooperative NLS activities and devise solutions. She will track, evaluate, and report on digital projects, tasks, schedules, and deadlines, while working closely with staff, contractors, patrons, and affiliated agencies.

Moss has been directly involved in digital planning since May 2003, when she was detailed from her post as assistant head of the NLS Production Control Section. In her production role, she assisted in planning, coordinating, and evaluating the annual production of more than 2,500 braille and recorded book and magazine titles. Supervising a staff of nine, she undertook statistical and contract performance analyses, prepared annual budgets of $20 million, and developed business and management plans.

Moss came to NLS well prepared by her years in the private sector, where she worked first as a financial planner and investment counselor with the Prudential Insurance Company, then as circulation manager with Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal. Supervising a staff of sixty- five, she managed payroll, billing, fulfillment, and production activities and the distribution of publications in Virginia.

A graduate of Wellesley College, where she studied political science and mathematics, Moss is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Maryland. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Federal City Club of Washington, D.C., a nonpartisan organization of individuals keenly interested in public affairs and political thought.

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