Martin is new ACRL visiting program officer

Contact: Mary Ellen Davis


For Immediate Release

September 2002

Martin is new ACRL visiting program officer

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that it has contracted with Dr. Susan K. Martin to be the division's part-time visiting program officer for scholarly communications. Martin retired from Georgetown University last year after 11 years as the university librarian, and is president of SKM Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in library management, development and technologies.

"Sue brings an incredible skill set and knowledge base to this position with her knowledge of scholarly communications issues, her depth of experience working in academic librarianship and higher education, and her experience in ACRL," said Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL executive director. "We look to her leadership to broaden ACRL's scholarly communications program and are delighted to have her join the ACRL team."

Ray English, director of the Oberlin College Library and chair of the ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee added, "ACRL is exceptionally fortunate to have a person of Sue Martin's experience and talents in the visiting program officer position. We are delighted that we will be working with her to implement ACRL's scholarly communications agenda."

In addition to her experience as a director of two research libraries (Georgetown and Johns Hopkins), Martin was executive director of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, and earlier held positions in the libraries at the University of California-Berkeley and Harvard University. In 1995 she was president of ACRL, a year which culminated in the adoption of a five-year strategic plan.

In her new role, Martin will work on the creation of tools to assist librarians in all types of academic libraries as they deal with the changing structures of scholarly communication. She will serve as an advocate for academic libraries, and will work with other library and scholarly organizations to address the issues raised by these changes and their impacts on libraries. Within ACRL, she will provide staff support for the Scholarly Communications Committee and the Scholarly Communications Discussion Group.

Martin received a bachelor of arts in romance languages from Tufts University, a master's in library and information science from Simmons, and her Ph.D. in library and information science from the University of California, Berkeley.