CRL Programs and Services - CRL Staff News

The CRL strategic plan for 2002-2006, recently developed and now in place, commits the organization to undertaking new programs and modifying some of its existing ones. To facilitate implementation of this plan, CRL has undertaken a number of staff changes that will permit greater coordination of current activities and increased capabilities for new initiatives.

These changes include:

  • Punyashree Rawal has joined CRL as Director of Information Systems. Punya has worked as lead application developer at CrossRef, an organization that provides a reference linking service from journal citations to the full text of the article, and at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Consultant in their e-commerce practice. She also has experience as a systems and software engineer. The substantial experience Punya has had with publishers, libraries and membership organizations will further the Center's many strategic initiatives that require strong systems support.
  • Barbara DesRosiers has joined the staff at CRL as Project Coordinator for the Distributed Print Archives, bringing excellent experience in project management and new services development to this initiative. Most recently, Barbara was Head of Access Services at Georgetown University Law Library where she supervised circulation, reserve, ILL, patron access, collection maintenance, and stack maintenance. Prior to Georgetown, Barbara worked at the University of Chicago Libraries, first in acquisitions and later as Head of Lending Services, where she developed electronic course reserves for Regenstein Library. Barbara is a graduate of the University of Chicago; she has an M.A. from Washington University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • James Simon, formerly Area Studies Program Officer for CRL, now occupies the newly created position of Director of International Resources. In his new capacity James manages all CRL area studies microfilming, digital, and collection development efforts, providing guidance and supervision for the following projects and programs: Area Studies Microform Projects (AMPs), the International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON), the Foreign Newspaper Microfilming Program, and the Digital South Asia Library. The Newspaper Sales Assistant, ICON Project Director, and DSAL Project Director now report directly to James, enabling CRL to develop its resources for international studies in a more concerted manner and to respond in a coordinated way to the needs of the area studies community.
  • Mary Wilke has been assigned to the newly created position of User Services Liaison. In this capacity Mary is the principal point of contact for CRL member institutions on matters regarding services and access to the Center’s collections. The User Services Liaison is responsible for compilation and analysis of all relevant metrics and service data regarding member use of CRL collections, and coordination of changes to the III system and other means of collections access in order to optimize member use of CRL.
  • Shirley Kelly has been promoted to Lead Serials Clerk. In her new role Shirley is the point person on the multi-year serials review project, coordinating the work of student assistants working on the project and facilitating interaction between serials reviews and CRL departments such as Access Services and Technical Services. Shirley was recently recognized by CRL for thirty years of distinguished service at the Center.