Proceedings from Duane Webster Symposium Available Online

NEW YORK, July 15, 2008 This past April, Columbia University Libraries hosted a symposium to celebrate the career of Duane Webster, retired Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The videos of the presentations from “Celebrating the Career of Duane Webster: A Symposium on the Association of Research Libraries History, Accomplishments, Future Developments,” are now available online at
, and feature presenters from across the country.

Presentation topics included “Global Resources,” by Deborah Jakubs, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University; “Copyright and the Research Library,” by Jonathan Band, an attorney with the Library Copyright Alliance; and “Scholarly Communication,” by Mary Case, University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago, among others. Of the focus of the symposium, Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University said his opening remarks, “ARL’s leadership and accomplishments have touched the priority issues in the research library and higher education communities.”

Presenters at the symposium included Maureen Sullivan, Consultant; Richard West, Executive Vice Chancellor, California State University; Deborah Jakubs, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs, Duke University; Fred Heath, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, University of Texas at Austin; Brinley Franklin, Vice Provost, University Libraries, University of Connecticut; Joe Branin, Director, University Libraries Ohio State University; Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee; David Shulenburger, Vice President, Academic Affairs, NASULGC; Winston Tabb, Dean of University Libraries, Johns Hopkins University; Jonathan Band, Attorney Library Copyright Alliance; Mark Haslett, University Librarian, University of Waterloo; Mary Case, University Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago; John Vaughn, Executive Vice President, Association of American Universities; Carla Funk, Executive Director, Medical Library Association; and Kevin Guthrie, President, Ithaka.

The symposium was attended by over 150 guests, and was followed by a reception in the Low Library rotunda, where several additional colleagues toasted Webster and he gave a speech of thanks.

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