David Carlson elected Chair of the SPARC Steering Committee

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For Immediate Release
January 25, 2010

For more information, contact:
Jennifer McLennan
(202) 296-2296 ext. 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

DAVID CARLSON ELECTED CHAIR OF THE SPARC STEERING COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. – David H. Carlson, Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), has been elected to the position of Chair of the SPARC Steering Committee. Carlson has served as member of the Committee, which provides strategic advice and guidance to the SPARC staff, since 2008.

Carlson brings to the Chair position a rich and deep perspective informed by working with a variety of libraries and institutions in his career, including a teaching college, large research-intensive university, and a library consortium. He has served extensively with the board of directors at the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), and currently serves on the boards of directors for the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and BioOne.

Carlson has been an active participant in industry-level scholarly communication activities, especially those related to library-vendor relations. He led the library community in successfully securing a reversal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) decision to stop supplying new Science content to JSTOR. He has spearheaded Open Access activities at SIUC, and was responsible for launching the campus’s open-access repository.  Carlson has also been active supporter of national public access policies and has been a vocal advocate of the NIH Public Access Policy as well as the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA).

“David Carlson is a committed advocate who sees things through to their conclusion,” said Heather Joseph, SPARC’s Executive Director. “His experience with institutions of all types, and his commitment to deepening the impact of research through expanding access will help SPARC make important new strides in the coming years. The committee and I look forward to having David’s leadership to help us address the challenges and opportunities before us.”

“The matters facing SPARC are vital to not just libraries but the academy,” said Carlson. “Indeed, as technology provides greater access to tools and platforms that permit creative contributions, the issues are becoming increasingly important to society as a whole. It is a critical time to show the detrimental effects of restrictive laws and regulations, and to advance requirements for public access to research sponsored by government agencies.” He added, “I look forward to working as Chair of SPARC to pursue key avenues toward change at this crucial juncture.”

SPARC's voting membership, which includes representatives from over 150 academic libraries in the U.S. and Canada, also elected the following individuals to serve on the SPARC Steering Committee for three-year terms beginning January 1:

  • Maggie Farrell, University of Wyoming (non-ARL director)
  • Rick Luce, Emory University (ARL director)
  • Lorraine Harricombe, University of Kansas (ARL director)

Steering Committee members whose terms concluded in December include outgoing Chair (2005 through 2009) Ray English (Oberlin College), Larry Alford (Temple University), Sherrie Bergman (Bowdoin College), Diane Graves (Trinity University), and Randy Olsen (Brigham Young University).

The full SPARC Steering Committee represents ARL and non-ARL libraries in the U.S. and Canada as well as SPARC Europe, SPARC Japan, CARL, and AASHL. The full list is available here.

The SPARC Nominating Committee for this year's election included Charles Lowry, Deb Carver, and Diane Graves. SPARC extends deepest gratitude to everyone involved in the election and to outgoing members for their invaluable service to the coalition.

For more information about SPARC governance and how to become a member, visit here.

SPARC
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational, and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research.