Elliott Shore was appointed the executive director of the Association effective January 1, 2013, where he is responsible for the administration of all operations and programs of the 125 member–driven organization.
From 1997 to 2012, Dr. Shore served as the Constance A. Jones director of libraries and professor of history at Bryn Mawr College, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the US. In 2002, he was appointed chief information officer (CIO) of the college. As director of libraries, Dr. Shore modernized and streamlined library operations by combining departments, realigning collections appropriations, and adding new areas of collection development. He served as co-principal investigator on three grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation totaling $1 million, focusing on collaborative collection development and the use of technology in teaching and learning. As CIO he reorganized the college’s library and computing operations into a single Information Services unit. He also overhauled the college’s core computing operations and significantly increased collaboration with neighboring Haverford College.
Before arriving at Bryn Mawr, Dr. Shore was director of the Historical Studies-Social Science Library at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey, from 1985 to 1997. At IAS, he adopted computer-aided indexing and retrieval services, taught classes in using the World Wide Web, and led the integration of linked information technologies across administrative units. In 1974, Dr. Shore began his career in libraries at Temple University as curator of the Contemporary Culture Collection. In this role, he developed one of the country’s largest collections of radical, underground, and alternative publications. With federal grant funding, he helped establish the collecting of these ephemeral works as a standard part of research library operations. In 1982 Dr. Shore was appointed history bibliographer, reference librarian, and assistant to the director, a position he held through 1984.
Dr. Shore is active in the library profession. Among his numerous activities, he has been a leader in the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries program since its inception in 2003 and a CLIR Senior Presidential Fellow since 2008. He served as a co-dean of the Frye Leadership Institute in 2012. His recent committee work has included service on: the Anvil Academic digital publishing Advisory Board since 2011, the Visiting Committee for McMaster University Library in 2012, and the Advisory Committee of Prominent Bibliographic Citizens for the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia since 2012.
Dr. Shore publishes widely, delivering numerous papers and workshops, and teaches courses in US history with an emphasis on American radicalism and in librarianship, focusing on collection development, technology, and interdisciplinary collaboration.