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Maurice York Appointed Director of Library Initiatives

May 5, 2020, 11:00 AM

The Big Ten Academic Alliance is delighted to announce that Maurice York has been appointed as the new Director of Library Initiatives, effective May 21, 2020. Headquartered in the Midwest, the Big Ten Academic Alliance is the nation’s preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. With a 62-year history of substantive collaboration, the Big Ten and University of Chicago libraries pursue collective action to provide robust and enduring access to information resources, to advance models for more open and sustainable scholarship, and to engage shared investment in programs of efficiency and impact across the consortium.

In welcoming Maurice, Keith Marshall, Executive Director of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, said, "Maurice is an accomplished library leader with a deep commitment to the collaboration and collective action that define the Big Ten Academic Alliance. We are confident he will help us continue to advance the impact and reputation of the Big Ten Academic Alliance library initiatives and achieve the ambitious goals of the BIG Collective Collection."

Maurice YorkMaurice comes to the Big Ten Academic Alliance from the University of Michigan where he has served as Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology. Prior to his time at the University of Michigan, Maurice held a series of progressively responsible positions at Bard College, Emory University and North Carolina State University. He also has been an active and visionary leader in numerous national initiatives designed to ensure the open access of knowledge in the public interest through collective action.

Maurice holds a Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies from Bard College and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“I’m excited to have Maurice as the next director of Big Ten Academic Alliance library initiatives,” said Sarah Pritchard, chair of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Library Directors group.  “He is so familiar with major national consortial projects and with the record of work in the Big Ten itself, that he will be able to effectively carry forward the venturesome strategies we have outlined.”