Columbia University Librarians Awarded ARL Fellowships in New Program

NEW YORK, November 11, 2004 - The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has awarded Columbia’s Jill Parchuck and Gerald Beasley fellowships in a new pilot program created to prepare the next generation of Directors at large research libraries. The ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) program was jointly designed and sponsored by five ARL member libraries, including Columbia University.

Jill Parchuck, Head of the Watson Library of Business and Economics, and currently Acting Director of the Social Science Division, and Gerald Beasley, Director of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, will attend the two-year program. The program, which will have a customized curriculum, is considered to be a dramatic new approach to the goal of developing leaders who can contribute to the excellence of large research libraries.

There will be twenty ARL Fellows in this first class of RLLF participants, all with department head or equivalent experience, or higher positions in research libraries throughout the United States and Canada. The program curriculum is designed to build on self-assessment and developmental goals in the context of a group learning setting.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a not-for-profit membership organization comprising the leading research libraries in North America. Its mission is to shape and influence forces affecting the future of research libraries in the process of scholarly communication. ARL programs and services promote equitable access to, and effective use of, recorded knowledge in support of teaching, research, scholarship, and community service.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

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