DUBLIN, Ohio, 12 November 2018—Two new members took their seats on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during their November meeting: Craig Anderson, University Librarian, Deakin University, Australia; and Sarah E. Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian, and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Anderson and Thomas were both elected to the board by OCLC Global Council in March 2018. There are currently nine librarians from five countries serving on the 15-member OCLC Board of Trustees.
More about the two new board members:
Craig Anderson is University Librarian at Deakin University in Geelong and Melbourne, Australia, and has held this position since April 2016. Since migrating to Australia from the U.S. as a teacher-librarian in the mid-1970s, he has held a number of different positions with a common theme of libraries and information management.
He began his library work in the 1970s in an Australian country public library and served as Chief Librarian at a small urban library. He then worked with a library system vendor, handling everything from ILMS support and sales to training and system implementation. He was Chief Executive Officer of an independent library system for 10 years, and then served for nine years at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia—a large Australian University with about 83,000 students and two campuses in Vietnam.
Anderson has served as President of the Australian Library and Information Association. More recently he has served on the Board of Caval Pty Ltd, a Melbourne based library cooperative which provides a wide variety of services to public, special and academic libraries.
Anderson has a research-based Ph.D., with a thesis on online teaching, along with a Master's in Business IT and qualifications in librarianship and management.
Sarah E. Thomas is Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian; Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Thomas joined Harvard as Vice President for the Harvard Library in August 2013. In this role, she has overall responsibility for the Harvard Library in close collaboration with the Library Board, the Faculty Advisory Council and the Library Leadership Team. Thomas also serves as the University Librarian and the Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Thomas previously served as Bodley's Librarian and Director of the Bodleian Libraries—the first woman and non-British citizen to hold the position—as well as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and member of the faculty of modern languages at the University of Oxford.
Previous to Oxford, Thomas was the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell. She served as the president of the Association of Research Libraries, and also held posts at the Library of Congress, where she led in the establishment of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging; the National Agricultural Library; the Research Libraries Group at Stanford University; and Harvard's Widener Library, among other positions.
Thomas was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society and received the Melvil Dewey Award from the American Library Association, the Smith Medal from Smith College and the Alumni Achievement Award from Simmons College. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Thomas holds a BA from Smith College, an MSLIS from Simmons College and a Ph.D. in German literature from Johns Hopkins University.
Two members completed their terms on the OCLC Board of Trustees: Ellen Tise, Senior Director, Library and Information Services, JS Gericke Library, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, who served on the board for four years; and Sandy Yee, Dean Emerita, Wayne State University Library System, Wayne State University, who served on the OCLC board for 10 years, five of those years as Board Chair.
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