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UCLA Library Names Farb Associate University Librarian

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TheUCLA Library has announced the appointment of Sharon E. Farb as associateuniversity librarian for collection management and scholarly communication. Theappointment was effective as of Aug. 1.

"Iam pleased that Sharonhas agreed to accept this appointment," said University Librarian Gary E.Strong. "Her extensive experience with digital collections management andlicensing, intellectual property and copyright management issues, budgetaryconstraints, and statewide and national consortial initiatives will help usbuild, enhance and make accessible our extensive physical and virtualcollections, which enable UCLA students, faculty and staff, as well as usersfrom around the world, to meet their academic and intellectual needs."

Farbhas been at the UCLA Library since 1989, most recently as head of digitalcollection services. Her responsibilities in that position included advising,developing and encouraging new forms of scholarly communication and new modelsof sustainable publishing; expanding collections of high-use, high-impactlicensed resources; designing and implementing systems, tools and metadata tomanage collections and enhance services; leading UCLA Library and University ofCalifornia negotiations and licensing of digital resources and collections; andadvising on copyright and intellectual property issues.

Farbhas represented the library in campuswide, systemwide, national andinternational planning, policy and consortial activities. She has served onnumerous councils and committees, including as a founding member of the DigitalLibrary Federation's electronic resources management steering committee and onthe National Institute of Standards Organization/Digital Library Federation'slicense expression working group and the California Digital Library's rightsmanagement group. She has also published in the areas of licensing, electronicresources and copyright, and intellectual property.

Farbcompleted her doctorate in information studies at UCLA in 2006. She earned amaster's degree in library science with a specialization in information policyfrom UCLA in 1991, a J.D. from Golden GateLaw Schoolin 1984 and a bachelor's in criminology from the Universityof California, Berkeley, in 1980.

Farbtakes over the position from Cindy Shelton, who announced her retirement inJune 2006. The associate university librarian has leadership, management, andpolicy and planning responsibilities for collection management functions,including collection development, cataloging, acquisitions, and e-resourcelicensing and management, and for the UCLA Library's scholarly communicationprogram.

About the UCLA Library

Rankedamong the top 10 research libraries in the U.S., the UCLA Library system is acampuswide network of libraries serving programs of study and research in manyfields. Its collections encompass more than 8 million volumes, as well asarchives, audiovisual materials, corporate reports, government publications,microforms, technical reports and other scholarly resources. Nearly 80,000serial titles are received regularly. The UCLA Library also provides access toa growing collection of digital resources, including reference works,electronic journals and other full-text titles and images.

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