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Diane Geraci

Diane Geraci

2009 William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative

Diane has had an extraordinary career, and she is still going strong. She is currently Associate Director for Information Resources at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, with responsibility for acquisitions and licensing, cataloging and metadata services, collection management including conservation and preservation services, Institute Archives and special collections, and technology operations.

Prior to moving to MIT, she served as Librarian for the Social Sciences at Harvard College Library, held joint appointments as the Director of Science Libraries in the University of Michigan University Library and Faculty Associate at ICPSR, and held various positions at the UK Data Archive (UKDA) at the University of Essex and at Binghamton University Libraries. At the U-M Libraries she contributed to system-wide planning efforts including the development of Deep Blue, the U-M institutional repository. Her responsibilities at the UKDA included senior management responsibility for information systems development, digital preservation, and systems administration.

Diane taught a one-week course in the ICPSR Summer Program on providing social science data services with Chuck Humphrey and Jim Jacobs for over 15 years. Her professional contributions include serving in advisory and consulting roles for several groups: the Digital Preservation Workshop Advisory Board at ICPSR; the SEDAC User Working Group at CIESIN, Columbia University; the ICPSR Council and the ICPSR External Process Review Committee; and the IASSIST Administrative Council and Program Committees. Her interests and expertise include developing research support services, digital preservation, implementing new information technologies, management of libraries and information services, and social science data archives.

As is evident from these many contributions, Diane is committed to supporting the research process and to data stewardship; she is always ready to share her expertise and to participate where she can be of service. Diane is also an expert in effective management of change. This was important since her term on the ICPSR Council was a period of great change. During her years on Council, 1998-2002, ICPSR separated from CPS, had a transition in leadership, and moved offices. Diane's presence on the Council was a guiding hand, helping ICPSR to rise to new challenges with positive outcomes.

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