Paul Evan Peters is executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). Before founding the Coalition in March 1990, Mr. Peters was Systems Coordinator at the New York Public Library from 1987 through 1989, and was Assistant University Librarian for Systems at Columbia University, where he also earned a masters degree in sociology, from 1979 through 1986. From 1970 until 1978, Mr. Peters was a principal in a variety of research and development projects and he earned a masters degree in library and information science at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Peters worked briefly as a Retail Systems Engineer for the National Cash Register Corporation immediately following the completion of his undergraduate studies in computer science and philosophy at the University of Dayton in 1969. Mr. Peters is a former president of the Library and Information Technology Association, is a former chair of the National Information Standards Organization, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of networking, networked information, and library technology journals.
CNI was established in March 1990 to promote the creation and use of networked information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity. The Coalition is sponsored by three associations: the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), CAUSE, and EDUCOM. ARL promotes equitable access and effective use of recorded knowledge in support of teaching, research, and scholarship. CAUSE and EDUCOM are dedicated to different aspects of introducing, using, and managing information technology and related resources in research and education communities, particularly higher education communities. A task force of nearly 200 institutions and organizations provides the Coalition with many of the insights, initiatives, and resources it needs to pursue its mission. Members of the Task Force include higher education institutions, publishers, network service providers, computer hardware, software, and systems companies, library networks and organizations, and public and state libraries. It is a truly diverse partnership of institutions and organizations with a common interest in realizing the promise of networked information resources and services.