Curtis Kendrick, Director of Access Services, is Named Fyre Leadership Institute Fellow

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES, March 11, 2002 - Curtis Kendrick, Director of Access Services at Columbia University Libraries will be attending the 2002 Frye Leadership Institute, an intensive, two-week, program held at Emory University from June 2 to June 14. Participants were selected competitively from among nominees and applicants who have a commitment to, and talent for, leadership within higher education.

At the Institute, Kendrick will explore the capacity of information technology to fundamentally transform the organizational models for library and information services. Specifically, how information technology can be deployed to develop cross-institutional collaborations that leverage economies of scale in the delivery of core information services and library operations. Kendrick expects the Frye Institute will provide a framework to test and explore these issues and ideas.

After the two-week intensive institute, Kendrick will return to Columbia University Libraries to engage in a yearlong practicum investigating the use of multiple technologies applied to the assessment of user perceptions about core library and information technology services. "Such assessment instruments are necessary tools for leaders in higher education in building institutional consensus regarding areas of potential strategic collaboration," Kendrick says.

The Frye Leadership Institute brings to tomorrow's higher education leadership the insights and understanding of the issues that will inform this framework, including academic, technology, economic, public policy, student, and constituent-relations dynamics. It is supported by a grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources, EDUCAUSE, and Emory University. The full listing of participants will be in the March/April 2002 CLIR Issues,

Columbia University Libraries is the nation's eighth largest academic library system, with 7.5 million volumes, 48,000 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms and other non-print formats. The collections and services are organized into 22 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. The Library's web site is a gateway to the print and electronic collections and services.