Cornell University Library Hires Chief Technology Strategist

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Cornell University Library Hires Chief Technology Strategist

Dean Krafft Takes Pioneering New Role in University Library Setting

dean krafftITHACA, N.Y. (July 2, 2008) – In recognition of technology’s vital role in academic libraries, Cornell University Library created the innovative position of chief technology strategist. Dean Krafft, a longtime member of the Cornell community, has been named to the senior-level post. He begins Monday, July 7.

“Dean Krafft brings a wealth of experience to this position, as well as a profound respect for the role research libraries play in the academy,” said Anne R. Kenney, Cornell’s Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. “This is a brand new position for the library world, and I can't think of a better person to help us understand its full potential.”

“More than 30 years of working with technology at this institution will allow Dean Krafft to take a long view of the Library’s needs and craft a strategy for the future that fits those larger goals,” said Robert L. Constable, dean of faculty of Computing and Information Science.

As the chief technology strategist, Krafft will serve on the Library’s senior management team, focusing his efforts on the development of a long-term vision for CUL’s technology future and assessing the IT trends and innovations that impact the Library. He will also serve as an ambassador for collaborative technology initiatives across the University and in national and international efforts.

“The very rapid changes in the information landscape and the needs and workflows of Cornell's faculty, staff and students make these challenging times,” Krafft said. “I am very much looking forward to working with the Library staff and the Cornell community to help ensure that the Library remains at the intellectual heart of university life and scholarship.”

Before his appointment, Krafft served as the senior research associate and director of information technology and in several positions in the Computer Science Department since 1981. He also received his Master’s and PhD degrees in computer science from Cornell.

About Cornell University Library
One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research and learning at Cornell University. The Library offers cutting-edge programs and a full spectrum of services, from rare books and manuscripts to a growing network of digital resources. Initiatives such as large-scale digitization projects, a vital life sciences library (VIVO), innovative scholarly publishing support and the installation of a high-end mobile computer laboratory designed for collaborative use make the Library is an integral part of the Cornell community. To learn more about Cornell University Library, visit <http://www.library.cornell.edu>