Jim G. Neal is currently Dean of University Libraries and Sheridan Director of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he was Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York.

He serves on the Executive Board of the American Library Association, was 1997-98 chair of OCLC's Research Library Advisory Council, and was 1997-98 president of the Association of Research Libraries. He represented the American library community as an advisor to the U.S. delegation at the World Intellectual Property Organization diplomatic conference on copyright in Geneva. He chaired the ARL Information Policies Committee for four years and headed the ARL Working Group on Copyright Issues during 1994-98. He was recently appointed a member of IFLA's Committee on Copyright And Other Legal Matters. He was the first president of the newly formed Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance (CIRLA), a consortium of research libraries in the mid-Atlantic region.

At Hopkins, he serves on numerous academic and technology planning and policy groups, and is on the Board of Project Muse, the initiative to publish electronically the journals of the Hopkins Press. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and is a consultant and published researcher with a focus in the areas of organizational change, human resource development, scholarly communication, intellectual property, library fundraising, and the impact of new technologies. He is currently leading the Eisenhower Library at Hopkins in a successful $50 million capital campaign. He was selected 1997 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year by ALA's Association of College and Research Libraries.

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