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Beverlee French Accepts Post as Associate Director, Shared Collections and
Services, for the California Digital Library

Richard Lucier, University Librarian and Executive Director of the
California Digital Library, is pleased to announce the appointment of
Beverlee French as Associate Director, Shared Collections and Services,
the California Digital Library.  The University of California's President,
Richard C. Atkinson, established the California Digital Library in the
fall of 1997.  As part of its mission, the CDL will provide access to
shared digital collections that support the University's research and
teaching missions and offer services that facilitate access to those

Ms. French will be responsible for planning and implementing the shared
collections of the CDL.  Her work will involve substantial collaboration
with senior librarians and faculty in developing innovative plans and
programs and devising implementation strategies for expanding the
University's shared digital holdings. 

Richard Lucier says, "The depth and breadth of Ms. French's experience in
both the print and electronic world, and her long history with UC
libraries, will be a real asset as the CDL develops a vision to guide the
development of UC's digital collections.  These collections will include
not only digital versions of the traditional published literature but also
UC's unique special collections in digitized format, databases available
only in digital form, and new forms of scholarly and scientific

Ms. French has a wide range of expertise in collection development,
library management and technology, and public services.  Most recently she
has served as the Assistant/Associate University Librarian for Sciences
and Systems at UC Davis (1992-present), where she administered the science
libraries (Biological and Agricultural Sciences Department, Physical
Sciences, Health Sciences, and Medical Center Libraries), Government
Information and Maps, and library computing services. 

She has also been Acting Assistant University Librarian for Collections
(1988-89) and Assistant University Librarian for the Sciences (1987-1992) 
at UC Davis, as well as Chair of two systemwide committees, Heads of
Public Services and the Computer Files Committee. 

Prior to her appointment at UC Davis, she served as Head of the Science
and Engineering Library, and as a reference librarian and cataloger at UC
San Diego.  She holds an A.B. in social sciences and an M.L.S. from UC
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