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Suzanne ThorinWe have concluded our national search for program director for Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), and I am pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Thorin as the first APTrust program director.

Formerly the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University, Suzanne brings a passion for scalable, sustainable preservation and a deep background in the business operations of research libraries. She is also on the advisory board of APTrust and is committed to our consortium’s success.

Suzanne is presently researching relationships among research libraries and their leadership in the broader academic community, so her new role will allow her to explore those relationships as she engages library leaders in APTrust.

Suzanne’s distinguished career in two major academic libraries and the Library of Congress makes her an ideal fit for what we are trying to achieve with APTrust. Thanks to Suzanne, Syracuse was an early partner as we were starting the organization. She is passionate about creating a sustainable environment for digital preservation and communicating its value to the broader community. Her extensive managerial experience, deep knowledge of the challenges facing research libraries, and belief in the vision for APTrust will energize and accelerate our plans to make APTrust a trusted preservation solution in which institutions will want to invest.

In addition to Syracuse, Suzanne was University Dean of Libraries at Indiana University, held numerous positions at the Library of Congress, and has taught at Syracuse University’s Information School and in the Simmons College doctoral program. She has been a researcher, writer, lecturer and consultant for library transformation and was appointed by President Obama to the National Board of the Institute for Museum and Library Services in 2012.

Suzanne will begin her role as the APTrust’s program director on August 19, 2013. Please join me in congratulating her and welcoming her to this exciting leadership role.