In March 2013, Syracuse University provost Eric Spina appointed the author to succeed his boss, Suzanne Thorin, as dean of the libraries and university librarian. Although the nomination is an interim appointment, the interim status won't diminish the workload or the responsibility. It is a tremendous opportunity, and he's thankful to the provost for the appointment and to the dean for supporting the appointment and preparing him for its challenges. Thorin hired him to be Syracuse's first copyright and information policy advisor in 2008. The copyright advisor position can be a great training ground for the next wave of library leaders. It is a fortunate coincidence that the number of copyright advisors working in major research libraries is increasing at the same time the number of libraries seeking executive leadership is also increasing.
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