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Christenson, McIntyre, and Payne to Join HathiTrust Team

HathiTrust is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Christenson, Sandra McIntyre, and Lizanne Payne to lead major services and new programs.  Each will begin in May 2016.

Heather ChristensonHeather Christenson will join HathiTrust as Program Officer for Federal Documents and Collections, building partnerships to drive the expansion of the federal documents collection and services that support the discovery, access, and preservation of these materials.  The initiative will dramatically increase the number of historical federal documents available online.  Christenson joins HathiTrust from the California Digital Library, where she currently serves as Manager of Digital Content Development and Strategy.  During her tenure with CDL she served as systemwide program manager for its large scale digitization programs which have added over 3.7 million volumes to the HathiTrust collection, and has contributed to the development of numerous CDL services.  Christenson also pioneered the Resource Liaison Program, a UC-wide program of over 100 librarians charged with assessment of licensed electronic resources for technical performance and utility of user interfaces.   

Sandra McIntyreSandra McIntyre will serve as HathiTrust’s new Director of Services and Operations.  For the last eight years McIntyre has directed the Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL), a collaborative digital library organization hosted at the University of Utah.  Through McIntyre’s leadership, Mountain West Digital Library’s membership grew from 25 to 192 partners in six states, and she facilitated its transition to a new governance and financial model.  McIntyre also led the collaborative to become one of the six initial service hubs for the Digital Public Library of America.  As Director of Services and Operations McIntyre will work with the HathiTrust membership to develop its long term services road map.  She will manage the development and growth of core preservation and access services for users and members, and have day-to-day responsibility for HathiTrust staff who manage collection deposit, user support, copyright review, and partner outreach.  

Lizanne PayneLizanne Payne, a nationally recognized expert in shared collection management, joins HathiTrust as the Program Officer for Shared Print Initiatives.  Payne will have responsibility for planning, organizing and implementing the Shared Print Monograph Archiving Initiative, a program that will have a lasting impact on the future stewardship of the print record.  HathiTrust's preliminary planning for the initiative calls for members to voluntarily and formally make long-term print retention commitments for monographic titles found in the HathiTrust collections.  Payne has previously supported the planning and launch of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), the Eastern Academic Scholars Trust (EAST), and other regional shared print programs.    Payne also served eighteen years as Director of the Washington Research Library Consortium.

“We are truly fortunate to have such a talented trio of national library leaders join us at HathiTrust,” said Executive Director Mike Furlough.  “Sandra, Heather, and Lizanne have such a depth of talent and breadth of accomplishment and their collective focus on user and member engagement will  strengthen an already great team.”  McIntyre will relocate to Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family.  Christenson will work from Berkeley, California and Payne from Richmond, Virginia.

HathiTrust is a growing partnership of research and academic libraries that are working together to ensure permanent access to the record of human knowledge. Founded in 2008, HathiTrust includes more than 110 members worldwide, who together support a certified trusted digital repository holding nearly 14 million digitized volumes, including 6.8 million unique monographic titles.