May 28, 2022

Rachel Frick to Join the Digital Public Library of America as Business Development Director

A person well-known to many infoDOCKET readers, Rachel Frick, is joining DPLA as business development director. Her first day at DPLA will be on September 2nd.

Frick is leaving the Digital Library Federation a program from Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) where she has served since May 21, 2010 as director.

From a Joint DPLA/CLIR Announcement:

Prior to her tenure at CLIR/DLF, Frick held senior positions at the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the University of Richmond, among other roles. She is widely known in the library, archive, and museum world for her vision, organizational know-how, and commitment to oRachel2014_hires_croppen culture. She served as the co-chair of DPLA’s Content Committee during its initial planning phase.

“Adding someone with Rachel’s intelligence, insight, and connections to DPLA’s staff in this critical role of the Business Development Director is a tremendous boost to DPLA, and she knows our mission well from having been a leader during our inception. Personally, I have watched and admired Rachel’s work over the last decade, and greatly look forward to working closely with her to help DPLA reach a sustainable future,” said Dan Cohen, DPLA’s Executive Director. “Moreover, Rachel’s transition from DLF to DPLA will help to strengthen the collaboration between DPLA and CLIR, an organization in the vanguard of the library and information world.”

“Rachel’s astute leadership and acumen evolved DLF into a vital national organization where fundamentally important ideas can be translated into practical application for the benefit of higher education,” said CLIR President Chuck Henry. “Her appointment at DPLA is a logical extension of the compelling programs and projects she has developed at DLF, and we all look forward to a continuing collaboration in support of the broader public good.”

“I am looking forward to contributing to DPLA’s strategic mission, the challenge of ensuring its sustainability and forging extensive new relationships in order to build DPLA’s visibility, impact, and financial resources,” said Rachel Frick. “DPLA is an amazing and inspirational effort that I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of.”

Frick will begin work at DPLA on September 2, 2014. CLIR and DPLA will coordinate activities for a smooth and collaborative transition, including DLF’s upcoming annual Forum. In addition, the organizations plan to work together more closely given their shared missions.

Video of Two Recent Presentations Featuring Rachel Frick

Last month Rachel Frick gave a keynote presentation at the LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) in Riga, Latvia titled “Friction and Flow”. Slides here. Video below. Frick also participated in a panel discussion titled “Research Libraries in the 2020 Information Landscape”. Video below.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.