Here’s a recently published Q&A interview with Martha Bedard, Vice Provost for University Libraries at the U. of Connecticut. The interview was published on UConn Today web site.
From the Introduction:
Martha Bedard joined UConn as vice provost of University Libraries in October. A Massachusetts native, she graduated from Fitchburg State College with a bachelor’s degree in English and earned a library degree from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She says her career trajectory began when she moved from public libraries to a position at Harvard’s Medical School Library, where she discovered she loved working with patrons in a very specialized setting.
The interview consists of seven questions and seven answers.
Here’s one question of a portion of one answer.
UConn Today: You’ve spent considerable time working in academic libraries. They’ve clearly maintained your interest. What’s on the horizon for them and for UConn?
Bedard: It’s often said, libraries aren’t so much about the building, but about the content that resides in them and how we deliver that content. I am proud of my profession. Librarians are often at the forefront of innovative ways to serve our users and are called upon to deliver information in all format types – electronic, print, and increasingly important, raw data.
For example, recently passed federal legislation requires that all the output from federally funded research be made publicly accessible, not just the final article but the data itself.
The UConn Libraries are quickly working to answer that call, with the launching of the Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA): www.ctdigitalarchive.org. The CTDA is a collaboration of the UConn Libraries and the Connecticut State Library, which will allow us to work with faculty to preserve their research data as well as allow us to provide a much broader service to the state’s citizens.
The Digital Archive will also preserve and make available digital assets related to Connecticut, created by Connecticut-based libraries, archives, galleries, and museums. It will allow the digital preservation of the history of Connecticut through documents that are unique.