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Dr. Paul Courant to give presentation at UW on radical changes in universities, libraries, and scholarship

March 21, 2011


Contact: Linda Ambre
Assistant to the Dean of University Libraries
(206) 543-1763 / (206) 543-1760

Media Contact: A.C. Petersen
Libraries Communications Officer
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Dr. Paul N. Courant, University of Michigan Dean of Libraries, will give a public presentation, Radical Change in Conservative Institutions: Universities, Libraries and Scholarship in the Digital Age, April 4, 3:00p.m. – 4:30p.m. in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220, University of Washington. The talk is free and no pre-registration is required. All interested parties are invited. The talk is co-sponsored by University Libraries, Office of the Provost, and the Faculty Council on University Libraries.

Courant is the Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan. He is also Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Economics, Professor of Information, and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. From 2002-2005 he served as Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer of the University. He has also served as the Associate Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Chair of the Department of Economics and Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (which is now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy).

Courant has authored half a dozen books, and over seventy papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, state and local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting systems. More recently, he is studying the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the changes in the system of scholarly communication that derive from new information technologies. He has been instrumental in the success of the Google Books Library Project and HathiTrust, a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.
Read his blog http://paulcourant.net

Dr. Courant holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College (1968); an MA in Economics from Princeton University (1973); and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University (1974). He rides a BMW R1150R motorcycle.

The visit by Dr. Courant is sponsored by the University Libraries with support from the Kenneth S. Allen Endowed Library Fund.

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