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JSTOR announces Mary Rose Muccie as Current Journals Director

New York, NY

October 2, 2009

JSTOR announces the appointment of Mary Rose Muccie to the position of Current
Journals Director.

Mary Rose Muccie will join JSTOR, a service of the not-for-profit organization
ITHAKA, on October 26, 2009 as Current Journals Director where she will lead
efforts to cultivate and deepen relationships with university presses and
scholarly associations, building their participation in the new Current
Scholarship Program announced
<http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/programs/currentScholarship.jsp> last
month by JSTOR and University of California Press. She will also manage the
Program�s operations and lead its business strategy going forward.

"The Current Scholarship Program continues JSTOR�s long history of sustainable
collaborative programs that benefit libraries, publishers, and scholars," says
Muccie. "I look forward to being a part of this important solution and to
working with colleagues at all levels to make it a success."

A highly regarded leader in digital publishing, Muccie has led Project MUSE, an
online aggregation of humanities and social science journals that is part of
Johns Hopkins University Press for the last three years. During that time she
initiated a substantial upgrade of features and functionality of the MUSE
website and reworked MUSE policies to provide a better return for publishers
and enable growth for the organization. Prior to joining MUSE, Mary Rose served
for 13 years at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), most
recently as Publisher, overseeing both their journals and book publications. 
At both MUSE and SIAM, Muccie collaborated with JSTOR, first to digitize and
make available SIAM�s archival journal content and later to establish
connections between the JSTOR and MUSE platforms to ease faculty and student
use of the content across the sites.

"I can think of no better candidate to lead this new initiative," commented
Michael Spinella, ITHAKA�s Executive Vice President of Global Content Alliances
and JSTOR Managing Director. "We are absolutely thrilled that Mary Rose is
joining us. She has a deep understanding of digital publishing and the diverse
needs of publishing organizations, a track record of delivering value and
results, and an infectious dedication demonstrated throughout her career to
serving the scholarly community."

The Current Scholarship Program will build on what JSTOR is today and aims to
provide a new and sustainable approach to online publishing. It will make
current and historical scholarly content available on a single, integrated
platform, provide a single point of purchase and access for librarians and end
users around the world, and ensure its long-term preservation.  "I am excited
by the vision for this initiative," said Muccie. "It recognizes the benefits
that can be realized through scale and collaboration, but also values in
meaningful ways the independence that press and society publishers need in
setting prices and other areas to be successful." The first current content
will be available to libraries beginning in 2011.

Muccie will start work later this month and relocate back to the Philadelphia
area, her home for many years before joining MUSE. She will work in ITHAKA�s
Princeton office.


JSTOR (www.jstor.org <http://www.jstor.org/> ) is a preservation archive and
research platform for the academic community.  Through JSTOR, faculty,
researchers, and students are able to discover, use, and build upon a wide
range of content in a trusted digital archive of over 1,000 academic journals,
as well as conference proceedings, monographs, and other scholarly content.
Nearly 6,000 libraries and cultural heritage institutions and hundreds of the
world�s leading publishers of scholarly literature participate in and support
JSTOR.  JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the
academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record
and to advance scholarship and teaching in sustainable ways. ITHAKA also
includes two additional services - Ithaka S+R and Portico.

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