Boston, MA – September 24, 2015: The Eastern Academic Scholars Trust (EAST), a major new shared print initiative among 47 libraries across New England, New York and Pennsylvania with important grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Davis Educational Foundation, is pleased to announce the addition of two key staff to the project as well as the election of the EAST Executive Committee.
Anna Perricci will join EAST on October 12 as EAST Project Manager. For the past three years, Anna has managed a Mellon-funded initiative based at Columbia University to develop a collaborative program among the twelve Ivy Plus/Borrow Direct research libraries that cooperatively curates, preserves and makes accessible archived websites. She has earlier experience at ArtStor, the Occupy Wall Street archives, and the New York Public Library. Anna is an experienced communicator, with 14 conference presentations in the past three years alone. She holds a Master of Science in Information in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan.
Sara Amato joined EAST on September 21 as the EAST Data Librarian, to assist the project and EAST members with collection analysis and the planned validation studies. Sara held a similar position with the Maine Shared Collections Cooperative and brings significant experience working with multiple libraries to process and interpret collection analysis data.
John Unsworth, Vice Provost for Library & Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University and co-principal investigator for EAST's Mellon Foundation grant, commented "Anna and Sara bring important skills and energy to EAST. Anna's proven ability to build collaboration across diverse stakeholders will serve EAST well as the program moves into implementation. Sara has a proven commitment to the success of shared print initiatives and strong technical expertise that will be invaluable to EAST over the life of the project."
Anna and Sara join these other key staff and service providers as the EAST project begins its implementation phase:
- Susan Stearns, Project Director and Executive Director of the Boston Library Consortium (EAST administrator)
- Lizanne Payne, Planning Consultant
- John Unsworth (Brandeis University) and Laura Wood (Tufts University), principal investigators for the EAST grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- OCLC Sustainable Collections Services (SCS), collection analysis service provider.
Completing the EAST leadership, the member libraries recently elected their representatives to the Executive Committee. This group, which represents the diversity of EAST's membership across both public and private institutions of varying sizes and geographic locations, includes:
- Susan Raidy-Klein, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
- Patrick Carr, University of Connecticut
- Chris Loring, Smith College
- Gail Scanlon, Phillips Exeter Academy
- Clem Guthro, Colby College
- Will Wakeling, Northeastern University.
They will join John Unsworth, Laura Wood and Susan Stearns on the EAST Executive Committee which will function as the board of directors of EAST approving operating policies, the business model and operating budget as EAST moves forward.