James G. Neal (librarian)

James G. Neal (librarian)

James G. Neal is an American librarian, library administrator, and a prominent figure in American and international library associations.

Neal is widely active in national and international forums in the areas of copyright and scholarly communication. [http://www.niso.org/news/releases/pr-appoints-11-06.html "NISO Board Appoints James Neal as Vice-Chair ...,"] "National Information Standards Organization." November 27, 2006.] He is currently the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University. At Columbia, he has focused on the development of the digital library, special collections, global resources, instructional technology, library facility construction and renovation, electronic scholarship, and fundraising programs. Before taking up his position at Columbia, he had been head of the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions at Penn State's library, Notre Dame's library, and the City University of New York's library. [http://www.columbia.edu/~jneal/ Neal bio, Columbia University web site] ]

Columbia Librarian

The University Librarian at Columbia is charged with overseeing:
* Columbia's 25-library network. [http://www.loc.gov/section108/neal.html Neal bio, Library of Congress] ]
* Columbia's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL). [see above] ]
* Columbia's Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. [see above] ]
* Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office. [see above] ]
* Columbia's Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research. He participates on key academic, technology, budget and policy groups at the University. [see above] ]
* Columbia's Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC). [see above] ] In addition, Neal participates in key academic, technology, budget and policy groups in the University. [see above] ] At Columbia, he has focused in particular on the development of the digital library, special collections, global resources, instructional technology, building construction/renovation, and fundraising programs. [see above] ]

Columbia-Google digitization partnership

Neal was ultimately responsible for Columbia's participation in the Google Books Library Project, which involves a series of agreements between Google and major international libraries through which a collection of its public domain books will be scanned in their entirety and made available for free to the public online. [ [http://books.google.com/googlebooks/partners.html Columbia + Google digitization project partnership] ] Neal's role encompassed developing digitization protocols, addressing logistical and operations issues, and administering the project. The more difficult part of his job required moderating the institutional debate about anticipated consequences inherent in conventional content-vs.-collection strategies; and sometimes he took on the role of public spokesman.


Neal is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, consultant and published author, with a focus in the areas of scholarly communication, intellectual property, digital library programs, organizational change and human resource development. He has worked on editorial boards of journals in the field of academic librarianship. He has represented the American library community in testimony on copyright matters before Congressional committees, was an advisor to the U.S. delegation at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) diplomatic conference on copyright, has worked on copyright policy and advisory groups for universities and for professional and higher education associations. [see above] ]

Professional associations

* Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL}. [see above] ]
** ACRL's Academic Librarian of the Year (1997). [see above] ]
** ACRL, Scholarly Communication Committees. [see above] ]
** ACRL’s Hugh Atkinson Memorial Award (2007). [ [http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/summary_0199-6438850_ITM "ACRL announced that James G. Neal won the 2007 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award."] "Computers in Libraries." April 1, 2007.]
* American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). [see above] ]
**ACLS Advisory Board for the E-History Book Project. [see above] ]
* American Library Association (ALA), Council and Executive Board. [see above] ]
* Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Board and President. [see above] ]
** ARL, Scholarly Communication committee. [see above] ]
* Columbia University Press (CUP), Board. [see above] ]
* Freedom to Read Foundation, Board. [see above] ]
* International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). [see above] ]
* National Information Standards Organization (NISO), Board and Chair. [see above] ]
* National Institutes of Health (NIH), Advisory Board of PubMed Central. [see above] ]
* Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Research Library Advisory Council, Board and Chair. [see above] ]
* Project Muse, Board. [see above] ]
* Research Libraries Group (RLG), Board and Chair. [see above] ]
** RLG Program Committee of the OCLC Board, Chair. [see above] ]
* Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). [see above] ]
** SPARC Steering Committee of SPARC, Chair. [see above] ]
* U.S. Copyright Office Section 108 Study Group (1005-2007). [see above] ]

Published work

In addition to his own published work, Neal has worked on the editorial boards of journals in the field of academic librarianship.
* Neal, James G. (2006). [http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6304405.html. "Raised By Wolves: integrating the new generation of feral professionals into the academic library."] "Library Journal." February 15, 2006.
* Neal, James G. (2004). [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VSH-4BDJTS1-3&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=a5a9635f4ae2ecefd00f165e601aaaec "The ReCAP artifactual repository planning project."] "Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services." 28:1, 25-28.
* Neal, James G. (2006). [http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v006/6.1neal.html "The Research and Development Imperative in the Academic Library: Path to the Future portal,"] "Libraries and the Academy." 6:1, 1-3.
* Wilson, Lizabeth, James G. Neal and Jay Jordan. (2006). [http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v006/6.4wilson.html "Guest Editorial: RLG and OCLC: Combining for the Future portal,"] "Libraries and the Academy." 6:4, 395-398.
* Neal, James G. (1998). "Research Library Leadership: Network Policy and Applications Development,"] "ARL Conference -- The Future Network: Transforming Learning and Scholarship." May 13-15, 1998.



* [http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/copystatutes/neal-2.shtml "Testimony of James G. Neal Dean, University Libraries, Johns Hopkins University,"] "Hearings on Distance Education Through Digital Technologies," U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress. January 26th, 1999.
* Neal, James G. (2005). [http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/about/space-knowledge/ "The Library of the Future: An Information Technologist's Perspective,"] "Space and Knowledge Conference (University of Chicago)", November 17, 2005 -- video record of oral remarks.
* Riding, Alan. [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/11/technology/11google.html?scp=16&sq=Oxford+University+Library&st=nyt "France Detects a Cultural Threat in Google"] "New York Times." April 11, 2005.

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