President Bush appoints Judith L. Klavans to President's Information Technology Advisory Committee

NEW YORK, June 11, 2003 - President George W. Bush nominated Judith L. Klavans, Director of Columbia University's Center of Research on Information Access (CRIA) to the President's Information and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). Dr. Klavans is one of 25 nominees to PITAC representing the leading IT experts in both industry and academia. As a member of PITAC, Dr. Klavans will provide the President with expert, independent advice on advanced information technologies, and national IT infrastructure such as high performance computing, large-scale networking and high assurance software and systems design.

PITAC was established by Executive Order to help guide the Government's efforts to accelerate the development and adoption of information technologies vital for American prosperity in the 21st century. In response to the announcement, Jim Neal, University Librarian and Vice President for Information Services at Columbia University said, "Dr. Klavans is an innovative computer scientist creating new ways for librarians to deal with ever increasing digital data. Through her work at Columbia Libraries, we are expanding the capabilities of digital libraries and moving toward a time when no one will be isolated from knowledge resources on the internet."

The Center for Research on Information Access (CRIA) at Columbia University is an interdisciplinary research unit of the University Libraries, whose goal is to develop creative technological solutions for dealing with the serious problems of growing amounts of digital data. Established in 1995, the Center has integrated and coordinated digital information activities at Columbia University, and has enabled the University to push forward research on technologies related to information access.

In accepting the President's nomination, Dr. Klavans said "this is a valuable opportunity to represent Columbia University, and participate in the role of language processing in national security on setting the national IT agenda. I believe this is a first for Columbia, and also the first time that language processing has been recognized as a core technology for the President and Congress."

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 7.5 million volumes, over 50,000 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 23 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. The Library's web site at is a gateway to the print and electronic collections and to services.

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