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Rick Luce
A Quantum Leap:
Innovation in the Evolving the Digital Library
August 10, 8.30 - 10.00
History Building 200, Room 02


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Rick Luce


Rick Luce is the Research Library Director at Los Alamos National Laboratory, an internationally renowned leading-edge science library. Rick is widely known as both an information technology pioneer and organizational innovator. His organization was the co-recipient of the 1999 Federal Library and Information Center of the Year award from the Library of Congress, and a 1997 and 2000 Quality New Mexico "Roadrunner" recipient for organizational performance excellence, based on the Malcolm Baldrige criteria.

Los Alamos appointed Rick as the Project Leader of the Library Without Walls digital library program in 1994. The Library Without Walls was the first digital library to deliver large-scale production databases via the web (1994), interactive personalized web alerts (1995), and dynamic content linking (1996). Rick received a 1996 Distinguished Performance Award for his contributions supporting science and technology. Today, the Library Without Walls is internationally recognized as a pioneering and successful large-scale digital library.

Rick has held numerous advisory and consultative positions supporting digital library development and electronic publishing, as well as being a well-known international speaker. In 1999 he co-founded the Open Archives initiative to develop interoperable standards for author self-archiving systems. Currently, he is the Senior Advisor to the Max Planck Society's Center for Information Management, a National Information Standards Organization Executive Board member, and a member of the Executive Board of the University of California's Digital Media Innovations Program. He is the Course Director of the International Autumn School on the Digital Library and E-Publishing for Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics in Geneva. Rick was a founding board member of the New Mexico Library Alliance, the Alliance for Innovation in Science and Technology Information, and chair of the New Mexico State Library Advisory Council.

Prior to his appointment at Los Alamos in 1991, Mr. Luce held positions as Executive Director of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), Director of Colorado's Irving Library Network, and Assistant Director of the Boulder Public Library. Rick speaks extensively in the areas of Digital Libraries and scientific communication, Quality and Change Management, and Strategic Planning. He has lectured throughout North and Central America, Europe, Australia, and Japan.

Research Library Director
Library Without Walls Project Leader
Research Library, MS P362
Los Alamos National Laboratory PO Box 1663 Los Alamos, NM 87544-7113
Work Phone: (505) 667-4448
Fax: (505) 665-6452

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