Robert Cartolano Elected DuraSpace Board-Member-at-Large
NEW YORK, May 29, 2015 –

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is pleased to announce that Robert Cartolano was elected Board-Member-at-Large for the DuraSpace Board of Directors.


Robert is Associate Vice President for Digital Programs and Technology Services at Columbia Libraries.  His recent accomplishments include the development of a digital preservation storage system, the opening of three new digital centers, as well as a Blacklight-based CLIO (Columbia Libraries Information Online) discovery service. Formerly he was the Director of the Library Information Technology Office at Columbia. In addition, Robert has also been a key leader in the efforts over the last several years to bring Fedora 4 forward.

"I’m grateful for my election to the DuraSpace Board and I remain strongly committed to supporting national and local efforts to build sustainable approaches to digital preservation and access," said Cartolano. "I fully support DuraSpace's initiatives to better serve the needs of community source projects while developing new and innovative services."

According to the DuraSpace.org press release, "In March, everyone from the community, both DuraSpace members and non-members, were invited to nominate individuals to serve as the Board-Member-at-Large. The election took place in April and included 13 candidates from around the globe. Votes were cast by a representative from each DuraSpace member institution. The results were very close, with each candidates receiving support from a number DuraSpace members.  For more information the Board-Member-at-Large election, please contact Valorie Hollister at vhollister@duraspace.org."

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff and hosts over 4.7 million visitors each year.  The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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