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Elizabeth Waraksa

Director, Research and Strategic Initiatives
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Elizabeth Waraksa joined the Association of Research Libraries in October 2015. As program director for research and strategic initiatives, she works in the areas of professional development, scholarly communication, and innovation.

Prior to joining ARL, Elizabeth held numerous positions on the West Coast, including Librarian for Middle Eastern Studies and Lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Study of Religion at UCLA. She has also conducted research and managed projects as an independent consultant for a variety of initiatives. As a CLIR postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Library from 2007 to 2009, Elizabeth worked on subject-specific projects, including the open access UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology. She holds a doctorate in Near Eastern Studies with a specialization in Egyptian art and archaeology from the Johns Hopkins University and has taught extensively in this field. She has also participated in archaeological excavations in Egypt, Italy, and Israel, and published on a range of topics, from Egyptian female figurines to the benefits of collaboration. Elizabeth is currently the curatorial lead for a Mellon-funded project to augment the Digital Library of the Middle East platform, and is a CLIR Distinguished Presidential Fellow.