Biography: Jim Neal is currently Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, providing leadership for university academic computing and network services and a system of 22 libraries. He also works with the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC), the Center for Research in Information Access (CRIA), the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), and serves on key academic, technology and budget policy and planning groups. Previously, he served as Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York. At Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and Indiana, he has focused on digital library/electronic resource program development, library building construction and renovation projects, and fundraising and grants activities.
Neal has served on the Council and Executive Board of the American Library Association, on the Board and as President of the Association of Research Libraries, and as chair of OCLC's Research Library Advisory Council, as well as on numerous international, national and state professional committees. He was a member of the Organizing Committee for the International Federation of Library Associations conference in Boston in 2001 and coordinated its resource development program. He has worked on the editorial boards of journals in the field of academic librarianship. He is a member ofthe Board of Directors of Community of Science and the corporate advisory board of Docutek.
Neal is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, consultant and published researcher with a focus in the areas of scholarly communication, intellectual property, digital library development, organizational change, human resources development, and library fundraising. He has served on the Board of Project Muse, the electronic journal publishing program at Hopkins, on the Advisory Board for the E-History Book Project at the American Council of Learned Societies, on the Advisory Board of PubMed Central at the National Institutes of Health, on the Scholarly Communication Committees of ARL and ACRL, and as chair of the Steering Committee of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. He has represented the American library community in testimony on copyright matters before Congressional committees and was an advisor to the U.S. delegation at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) diplomatic conference on copyright. He has worked on copyright policy and advisory groups for universities and professional associations. He was selected the 1997 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year by ALA's Association of College and Research Libraries.
Abstract: Just as the nature and the role of the library in the academy are being expanded and redefined, so also are the functions and expertise of its professional leadership, that is the librarian. Whether we view the library as legacy and infrastructure and portal and enterprise and repository, we recognize that the range of professional attributes and tracks is shifting dramatically. Library administrators care about the following: the ability to define effectively organizational mission, goals and priorities; the ability to allocate and develop resources; the ability to organize and manage the program; the ability to create effective physical and virtual spaces; the ability to promote and market capabilities; the ability to measure and evaluate success; and the ability to recruit, develop and retain the diverse human resources that give the library quality and impact.