Magazine article American Libraries

Paul Evan Peters Dies at Age 48

Magazine article American Libraries

Paul Evan Peters Dies at Age 48

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Paul Evan Peters, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information and member of ALA Council, died suddenly of an asthma attack November 18 while walking on a beach with his wife Rosemarie during a trip to Florida.

Heading CNI since he founded it in March 1990, he was highly respected in the library, information technology, and scholarly communities and sought common ground for many constituencies in order to develop global networked information resources. As recently as September, he saw the coalition move from the status of a sunset organization to one of an ongoing nature, where its essential role in the North American dialogue to advance scholarship and intellectual productivity was recognized.

Peters previously was systems coordinator at the New York Public Library in 1987 - 1989 and assistant university librarian for systems at Columbia University, where he also earned a master's degree in sociology in 1986. In 1970-1978, he was a principal in a variety of research and development projects. Peters was 1991-1992 president of the ALA's Library and Information Technology Association and 1989-1991 chair of the National Information Standards Organization.

CNI Steering Committee Chair Richard West expressed his sentiments: "His leadership, insight, and quiet competence have had an impact on all who have benefited from the CNI program. The many who had the chance to work with Paul know of his contribution and influence on our professional scholarly and technological activities - I cannot imagine his contribution being replaced any time soon. …

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