Molly Schwartz, the National Digital Stewardship Resident who will be hosted by ARL this fall, was chosen as cyclist of the day on Day 3 of the Cycling for Libraries tour last month. Cycling for Libraries is an international cycling un-conference for librarians and library supporters that aims to advocate for libraries and raise awareness of the valuable services and resources that libraries offer to the community. This year the tour rode from Amsterdam to Brussels, taking a message about the importance of public libraries in society to the EU Parliament.
Schwartz is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland iSchool. She will be working at ARL in 2013–14 on a new initiative to enhance digital accessibility in research libraries by incorporating a universal design approach to library collections and services.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its 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 http://www.arl.org/.