Dr. Deanna Marcum has accepted the position of Managing Director, Ithaka S+R, effective January 1, 2012. Deanna will lead this growing not-for-profit service, which provides research and strategic consulting services that help transform scholarship and teaching.
Dr. Marcum brings a background of extraordinary accomplishment to her new role. She joins Ithaka S+R from the Library of Congress, where she was the Associate Librarian for Library Services. Previously, she served as the President of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Dean of the Catholic University School of Library and Information Science. As a testament to her extraordinary leadership and distinguished career, the American Libraries Association (ALA) awarded her the Melvil Dewey Medal, its highest honor, this past June.
“I could not possibly be more excited that Deanna has agreed to join our team,” said Kevin Guthrie, president of ITHAKA, the organization of which Ithaka S+R is a part. “She is a giant in the field, one of the singular leaders in the library community. She has been an ITHAKA trustee since 2005, so she knows our organization well. Not only will she be a fantastic leader for Ithaka S+R, but she will also play an important role leading our overall organization.”
Dr. Marcum has provided invaluable leadership that has helped to encourage change during dynamic and challenging times. In 1997, she led the important process to merge the Council on Library Resources and the Commission on Preservation and Access to form CLIR. While at CLIR, she formed a joint task force of libraries and publishers to develop effective ways for working together on a range of important issues. In collaboration with EDUCAUSE and Emory University, she developed the Frye Leadership Institute to help mid-career librarians and IT specialists broaden their understanding of higher education issues.
“As I retire from the Library of Congress, I want to remain engaged and devote more time to the issues I am passionate about: preservation, the future of information organizations, and higher education,” said Dr. Marcum. “Ithaka S+R provides the perfect opportunity for me to do this work and hopefully make a difference in these areas. I’ve watched the rapid development of ITHAKA as a board member and am excited about more direct involvement with the talented staff.”