News Release 8/10/05 (can be also be viewed by linking to this URL http://www.nclis.gov/news/pressrelease/pr2005/2005-7Kaske.pdf)
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For Immediate Release
Dr. Neal K. Kaske named NCLIS Director of Statistics and Surveys
Washington, DC USA, August 10, 2005—The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) today announced that Dr. Neal K. Kaske has been named Director of Statistics and Surveys.
Dr. Kaske brings to NCLIS over 30 years of broad experience in the field of library and information science, including working as a reference and systems librarian, researcher, professor, federal grants officer, and library administrator. He has conducted many library surveys over the years and participated in numerous research projects that have been published in the form of technical reports and journal articles. These experiences have contributed to his deep understanding of data collection tools, data dictionaries for clearly defining variables, coding and analyzing data using SPSS and SAS, and how to write up findings in an understandable manner for key stakeholders.
In his previous position as the head of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library at the University of Maryland, he played an active role in planning, directing, and coordinating policy, as well as analyzing programmatic or administrative problems and policies. All of these experiences and qualifications are important for the position of Director of Statistics and Surveys.
In addition to his position as head of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library, he has taught since 1990 as an adjunct in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. He also was a consultant for the Census Bureau Library. From 1989 to 1996, was a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Library Programs. Dr. Kaske also was a professor at the Graduate School of Library Service at the University of Alabama and associate professor, The Matthew A. Baxter School of Information and Library Science at Case Western Reserve University. From 1980 to 1983 he was director, Office of Research at OCLC Online Computer Library Center.
Trudi Bellardo Hahn, NCLIS Executive Director, spoke highly of Dr. Kaske’s wide experience in the library and information science profession. “Dr. Kaske will be a tremendous asset to the NCLIS staff. We look forward to his working closely with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Library Statistics Program (LSP), including the Federal-State Cooperative System (FSCS) for Public Library Data. Representing NCLIS, he will work with officials and decision-makers in all three branches of government as well as officials, leaders and users in the library, information, and statistical communities.”
The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) is a permanent, independent agency of the Federal government charged by Public Law 91-345 to advise the President and Congress on national and international library and information policies, to appraise and assess the adequacies and deficiencies of library and information resources and services, and to develop overall plans for meeting national library and information needs.
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