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ARL Board Appoints Ann Thornton as Member Representative on CNI Steering Committee

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Ann Thornton

Ann Thornton has been appointed as the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member representative to the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Steering Committee for the 2020–2023 term. The ARL Board of Directors approved this appointment on Wednesday, July 29.

Ann Thornton is vice provost and university librarian for Columbia University in the City of New York, where she is responsible for one of the top five academic research library systems in North America with world-class physical and digital collections and expert staff in support of research, teaching, and learning.

The two other ARL member representatives currently on the CNI Steering Committee are Kristin Antelman, university librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara, serving 2019–2022, and Beth Sandore Namachchivaya, university librarian at the University of Waterloo, serving 2018–2021. Committee members serve three-year terms; the Steering Committee meets throughout the year to guide CNI programming and development.

CNI is a joint initiative of ARL and EDUCAUSE that promotes the use of information technology to advance scholarship and education. Some 240 institutions representing higher education, publishing, information technology, scholarly and professional organizations, foundations, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI’s members. Learn more at cni.org.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.