19 Jan Congratulations to Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, Rick Anderson
The American Library Association’s ALA Editions published a collection of essays, articles, white papers, and lectures entitled Libraries, Leadership, and Scholarly Communication: Essays by Rick Anderson, which recently received a starred review in Library Journal. Anderson, who serves as Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication at the U’s Marriott Library, is frequently cited and is widely considered to be a thought leader among librarians.
Dealing with such issues as patron privacy, the core values of librarianship, the problem of zealotry, and open access to scholarship, some of the pieces featured in this collection have been highly influential and some have caused controversy in the library profession. “Whenever we, as members of an organization like a library, are forced to choose between good things, we may start by trying to figure out some way to have both things,” Anderson explains in the book. “But in many cases, that will turn out to be impossible and we’ll have to decide which good thing is going to take priority over the other…”
Anderson has been a prolific writer and speaker on topics related to academic libraries and scholarly publishing for the past 20 years. He currently serves as president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and is a featured “chef” on that organization’s widely-read blog, The Scholarly Kitchen.