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New Board Leadership Takes the Helm at CLIR

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce the results of the recent election to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

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Guy Berthiaume

Chair of the Board: Guy Berthiaume

Guy Berthiaume, has been an integral member of CLIR’s board since 2017 and has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to our mission and values, will serve as chair.  He has a strong background as a librarian and archivist of Canada emeritus.  Berthiaume is a Canadian historian who specializes in the study of classical antiquity. Before becoming the Librarian and Archivist of Canada in June 2014, he served for five years as the chair and chief executive officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.  

“Documentary heritage is the cornerstone of democratic societies.  I’m honoured to have this opportunity to put my experience at the service of the cause of preserving this heritage that is so often endangered,” said Berthiaume.

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Carol Mandel

Vice Chair of the Board: Carol Mandel

As our Vice Chair, Carol Mandel brings a wealth of experience in library leadership and will play a pivotal role in supporting the Chair and the board in achieving our goals and objectives.  Mandel is dean emerita of New York University (NYU) Libraries Distinguished and Presidential Fellow at Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). As dean of the NYU Division of Libraries from 1999 to 2018, Mandel oversaw the university’s libraries in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, along with Campus Media Services and the NYU Press. Her work has been instrumental in redefining library infrastructures, services, and partnerships in the digital multimedia age. Mandel’s leadership positions in various organizations have been instrumental in shaping new modes of collaboration and services, reinforcing CLIR’s commitment to digital preservation.

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John Wilkin

Treasurer of the Board: John Wilkin 

John Wilkin, former librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has graciously agreed to serve another term as Treasurer.  He is the CEO at Lyrasis and has played a key role in the creation of HathiTrust, a nonprofit collaborative digital library that preserves and provides access to 17+ million digitized items, serving as its first Executive Director. John’s unwavering advocacy for open source and open access initiatives, coupled with his impressive financial management skills, ensures prudent financial oversight for CLIR.  His experience and keen understanding of CLIR’s financial needs and goals make him the ideal choice to secure the sustainability of our organization.

CLIR President Charles Henry expressed his enthusiasm for the newly elected team, stating, “CLIR is privileged to have an incoming Executive Committee with such diverse and accomplished backgrounds. Each new officer has made significant and lasting contributions to a more coherent and interdependent knowledge environment in service to our mission. I want to acknowledge that Guy Berthiaume’s election as CLIR’s first Board chair from Canada symbolizes a vital link to innovative and creative solutions to the complex challenges that confront us that Canada exemplifies, and to which CLIR increasingly turns.” 

Each member will commence their two-year term immediately, with their terms extending until the fall of 2025.

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