Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A double-first at the Bodleian library as US woman takes over

One of Europe's oldest libraries, the Bodleian has gotten its first woman director in its 400+ year existence, according to the Independent Online. Not only their first woman director, but their first non-Brit. Dr. Sarah Thomas has
worked at the Library of Congress in Washington DC as acting head of its Public Service Collections before moving on to oversee the 20 libraries at America's Cornell University. Now, as executive head of the Oxford University Library Services, with its more than 11 million printed volumes in 40 different library sites, her task is to ensure the university's fantastic collection survives the move to the new digital era unscathed.

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