The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) announced today that Ithaka S+R’s managing director Deanna Marcum will be the recipient of the 2016 Miles Conrad Award. She will receive the award and deliver the Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture at the NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference next February in Philadelphia.

Congratulations Deanna!

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For Immediate Release:

Ithaka S+R’s Deanna Marcum to Receive NFAIS 2016 Miles Conrad Award at Annual Conference

NFAIS’s premier annual award honors Marcum’s significant contributions to advancing librarianship, scholarly communication and information services

December 3, 2015, Annapolis, MD –  The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a global nonprofit membership organization serving the information services community, announced Deanna Marcum, Managing Director of Ithaka S+R, has been selected to receive the NFAIS 2016 Miles Conrad Award.

NFAIS’s Miles Conrad Award, long considered the information community’s premier annual honor for achievement in fostering the growth of information services, is being given to Marcum in recognition of her significant accomplishments in librarianship and helping establish the digital future for libraries through her leadership roles during her career in government, academia and non-profit organizations.

As Ithaka S+R’s Managing Director, Marcum provides research and strategic guidance to help universities and colleges, libraries, publishers and cultural institutions navigate economic and technological change. In her current role, she leads a staff of program directors and analysts with wide-ranging expertise in higher education and libraries and scholarly communication.

From 2003 to 2011, Marcum served as Associate Librarian for Library Services with the Library of Congress (LoC). She managed 53 divisions and offices, leading 1,600 employees responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, public service and preservation activities; services to the blind and physically handicapped; and network and bibliographic standards for the LoC. She was also responsible for integrating the emerging digital resources into the traditional artifactual library, the first step toward building a national digital library for the 21st century.

Marcum holds a PhD in American studies, a master’s degree in library science, and a bachelor’s degree in English. She was awarded a doctorate in humane letters by North Carolina State University in 2010, and received the Melvil Dewey Medal, the highest award conferred by the American Library Association, in June 2011. Marcum was appointed to the Japan-US Friendship Commission, which seeks “to strengthen the US-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange,” in 2013.

“We are extremely delighted to have the opportunity to confer the NFAIS Miles Conrad Award to Deanna Marcum,” said Marcie Granahan, NFAIS Executive Director. “Over the course of her distinguished career, she has brought vital leadership and vision to the many tasks involved in bringing our nation’s libraries well into the digital era. As in all institutions of higher education and in schools and communities across the country, Deanna’s work continues to make libraries stand as essential resources for scholarship, research and the free flow of credible, quality information.”

Marcum, who will be honored at the NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference, February 21-23, in Philadelphia, also will deliver the annual Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture at the conference. The Miles Conrad Awardee is determined each year by a standing committee comprised of NFAIS members.

“It is a true honor to be selected as the NFAIS 2016 Mile Conrad awardee and lecturer,” said Marcum. “The transformations we’re seeing in libraries – chief among them the evolution from print to digital – is being seen and felt throughout the information services field. We all have a great deal to gain by sharing new ideas and best practices about how information services can thrive in the 21st century. I very much appreciate the annual forum NFAIS provides the information community for this essential collaboration.”

The NFAIS Miles Conrad Award and Memorial Lecture are named in honor of G. Miles Conrad (1911-1964), co-founder of NFAIS. Conrad, who was the former president of BIOSIS, had an early grasp of the potential of computer technology when applied to the creation, organization and dissemination of research information. The NFAIS Miles Conrad Lecturers each year are industry leaders, innovators and opinion-makers representing the full breadth of the information services community.

Recent recipients of the Miles Conrad Award include Tim Collins, President & CEO of EBSCO Industries; Marjorie M.K. Hlava, President, Access Innovations, Inc.; Robert N. Snyder, Chairman, Cambridge Information Group; Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, The British Library; and Donald A.B. Lindberg, National Library of Medicine.


About Ithaka S+R (

Ithaka S+R is a not-for-profit service that helps the academic community navigate economic and technological change. Our work – offering research and strategic guidance – has been instrumental in helping leaders in education know what is coming next, learn from rigorous and well-designed research studies, and adapt to new realities and opportunities. Our aim is to broaden access to higher education by reducing costs while also improving student outcomes. We approach this goal with a legacy of working with universities and colleges as well as the institutions that support teaching and research – libraries, publishing organizations, cultural institutions, and scholarly societies. Ithaka S+R is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that works with the global higher education community to advance and preserve knowledge and to improve teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies.


About NFAIS (

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services ( NFAIS™) is a global, nonprofit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community – that is, all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. Member organizations represent a cross-section of content and technology providers, including database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, content management providers and other related groups. They embody a true partnership of commercial, nonprofit and government organizations that embraces a common mission – to build the world’s knowledge-base through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication. NFAIS exists to promote the success of its members and for more than 50 years has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education and advocacy.


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