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Kimberly Armstrong

Speaking about “The Impact of the Google Book Project on Libraries,” Kimberly Armstrong will be the next speaker in the ongoing lecture series sponsored by the University Libraries and the Library and Information Studies Department. She will speak at 2 pm on Wednesday, October 24 in the Claxton Room of the Elliott University Center.

Kim is the Assistant Director, Center for Library Initiatives (CLI), at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Prior to joining the CIC in 2007, she held positions at the University of Illinois at Springfield, the Triangle Research Libraries Network, and Illinois State University.

A native of Greensboro, N.C., Kim received her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a masters degree in music from Appalachian State University, and an M.L.S from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

An active speaker and writer on academic library issues, she has given presentations at the American Library Association and Electronic Resources & Libraries conferences. She is currently co-authoring publications on scholarly communication for the Association of Research Libraries and the landscape for E-Books for the Journal of Electronic Publishing.

The national 12-university consortium called the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (the “CIC”) has entered into a Cooperative Agreement with Google to digitize the most distinctive collections across all its libraries, up to 10 million volumes. As part of this Agreement, the universities will build a shared digital repository combining all the digitized public domain materials from their individual collections into one easily accessible on-line resource.

Kim’s role in the project is to participate as a member of the CIC steering team and to act as liaison between Google and institutional project managers to plan the overall digitization process. Kim will also work closely with Google staff, CIC collections officers, and library directors to analyze collections data to determine the universities’ collections of distinction that are nationally recognized by librarians and scholars as deep and historically rich research collections.

Past speakers in the series include Cathy DeRosa of OCLC, Sarah Michalak of UNC Chapel Hill, David Lankes of Syracuse University, Elizabeth Aversa of the University of Alabama, and Kenneth Crews of IUPUI.