July 12, 2002 James M. Gallagher Appointed Director of Information Technology Services

Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217

Laura E. Campbell, Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives, has appointed James M. Gallagher to the position of Director of Information Technology Services.

"Jim Gallagher will provide the leadership needed as we enter a new era of technological advancement at the Library of Congress," said Campbell, who announced the appointment today. The Library's Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) includes the Information Technology Services (ITS) division.

Gallagher was most recently the acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General/Deputy Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Justice. He headed the Office of Information Resource Management, managing a staff of 350.

Gallagher has been with the Justice Department since 1980 and has held a series of progressively responsible managerial positions in information technology. His demonstrated ability to manage an agency-wide information technology organization and to develop solutions to maximize customer service make him especially suitable for his new role at the Library. Gallagher also led a major reorganization of information technology staff. His successes led to his being promoted to head information technology operations for the Justice Department.

"I look forward to applying my experience to meet the information technology needs of the Library of Congress," said Gallagher. "The Library is one of the premier cultural institutions in the nation, thanks to the dedicated work of its staff. Together, we will solidify and enhance the institution's reputation as a premier disseminator of information."

Gallagher received a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University and a law degree from Gonzaga Law School. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the Information Resources Management College of the National Defense University.

The Library of Congress is leading a collaborative initiative called the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. The program's mission is to develop a national strategy to collect, archive and preserve the burgeoning amounts of digital content, especially materials that are created only in digital formats, for current and future generations. The OSI also oversees the Library's National Digital Library Program, which freely offers more than 7.5 million important American historical items from the collections of the Library and other institutions on the Internet at www.loc.gov.


PR 02-097
ISSN 0731-3527