Richard Luce

About Overview

Richard E. (Rick) Luce is Vice Provost and Director of Libraries for Emory University. In this role he manages the Robert W. Woodruff University Library -- including libraries in Business, Chemistry, the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library (MARBL), and Music and Media -- and coordinates university-wide library policy for Health, Law, Theology, and Oxford College Libraries. His current initiatives include strengthening Emory's distinction in the areas of digital library information technology, and in developing special collections.

His most recent publication A New Value Equation Challenge: The Emergence of eResearch and Roles for Research Libraries was part of the Council on Library and Information Resources Report titled No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century. Luce is a faculty member of the Frye Leadership Institute, sponsored by Emory, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and EDUCAUSE. The Frye Leadership Institute is designed to develop the next generation of higher education leaders emerging from IT and library backgrounds.

Rick holds numerous advisory and consultative positions supporting digital library development and scholarly communication. He is a member of the National Academies Committee on Assuring the Integrity of Research Data in an Era of E-Science, and an executive board member of Coalition for Networked Information, and the Digital Library Federation.

Prior to joining Emory, Mr. Luce was the Research Library director at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1991-2006). Known as an information technology pioneer and organizational innovator, he managed a world-class scientific research library and forged regional, national and international public information and technology collaborations. Rick was the recipient of the 2005 Fellows' Prize for Leadership at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the first ever awarded to a nonscientist.

Luce was the senior advisor to the Max Planck Society's Center for Information Management (2000-2006) and a past executive board member of the National Information Standards Organization. In 1999 he was a co-organizer of the Open Archives Initiative to develop interoperable standards for author self-archiving systems. In October 2003, with colleagues from the Max Planck Society, he co-organized the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, and in 2004, the Brazilian Declaration on Open Access. He was the course director of the International Spring School on the Digital Library and E-Publishing for Science and Technology in Geneva and a founding member and chair of the Alliance for Innovation in Science and Technology Information (AISTI).

Prior to Los Alamos, Luce held positions as the first executive director of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), director of Colorado's Irving Library Network, and assistant director of the Boulder Public Library in Colorado. He speaks extensively in the areas of digital libraries and scientific communication, quality and change management, and strategic planning. Luce holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of San Diego, a master's degree in public administration from San Diego State University and master's degree in library and information science from the University of South Florida.