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Anne Kenney Named Interim ARL Executive Director

Anne Kenney

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors has appointed Anne R. Kenney as interim executive director of the Association, effective January 1, 2018.

Kenney served as Carl A. Kroch university librarian at Cornell University from April 2008 to April 2017, when she went on research leave until her retirement on October 31. She started at Cornell in 1987, serving as associate director for the department of preservation and conservation, and then as associate university librarian for instruction, research, and information services, before advancing to the position of university librarian.

Active in the profession, Kenney is an international leader in digitization of library collections. She served as a fellow and president of the Society of American Archivists, co-authored three award-winning monographs and more than 50 articles and reports, and was awarded the American Library Association Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award in 2014.

The ARL community knows Kenney well. She served as a member of the ARL Board of Directors (2010–2013) and chair of the Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age Working Group (2010–2012). More recently she was a member of the Strategic Thinking and Design (ST&D) Working Group and the ST&D Transition Team (2013–2016) and chair of the Member Engagement and Outreach Committee (2015–2016).

Upon this new appointment at ARL, Kenney said, “I’m thrilled and honored to be named interim executive director. ARL is key to the future of research libraries, enabling them to address collectively challenges that are beyond the capacity of the individual institution.”

“On behalf of the ARL Board, we are delighted and very grateful that Anne has accepted this appointment,” said Mary Ann Mavrinac, president of ARL and vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly dean of the University of Rochester Libraries. “Anne embodies the leadership, knowledge, and expertise that are vital during this interim period for ARL to continue its positive momentum.”

The ARL Board looks forward to working with Kenney to prepare the organization for a new executive director, with an expected transition date in late spring 2018.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.