Library Conservation and Scholarly Communication
Donald J. Waters
Program Officer for Scholarly Communications
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Thursday, February 10, 2011
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About the Lecture:
Rapid changes in modes of scholarly communication are affecting the roles, priorities, and collections of research libraries, and especially research library contributions to the conservation of academic and cultural heritage. This presentation characterized the changes in scholarly communication and discussed the challenges and opportunities for creating a more robust environment for heritage conservation in research libraries. Particular attention was given to institutional differences among research libraries in the investment in and organization of heritage conservation, mechanisms for achieving economies of scale, the training and employment pipeline, and the role of scientific research.
About the Speaker:
Donald J. Waters is the Program Officer for Scholarly Communications at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Before joining the Foundation in 1999, he served as the first Director of the Digital Library Federation and as Associate University Librarian at Yale University. He co-chaired the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information created by the Commission on Preservation and Access and the Research Libraries Group in 1994 and served on the Library of Congress Section 108 Study Group, a select committee of copyright experts charged with reexamining the Copyright Act with respect to the balance between the rights of creators and copyright owners and the needs of libraries and archives. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Networked Information, and of the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress. He has authored numerous articles and presentations on libraries, digital libraries, digital preservation, and scholarly communications. Waters holds a Bachelor's degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University.