Dr. Reginald Carr

Director of University Library Services and Bodley’s Librarian, University of Oxford

Reg Carr has been director of University Library Services & Bodley’s Librarian at Oxford University since January 1997. Previously he has held university library posts in Manchester (assistant librarian), Surrey (sublibrarian), Aston in Birmingham (deputy librarian), Cambridge (deputy librarian), and Leeds (university librarian and dean of Information Strategy). In his eight years at Oxford, Carr integrated the university’s many centrally funded libraries into a new organization, the Oxford University Library Services. He also established the Oxford Digital Library, helped extend Oxford’s legal deposit status to include electronic materials, and acquired numerous important additions to the Bodleian Library’s primary research materials. In addition, Carr supervised a major program of construction, renovation, and rationalization of library buildings and led a successful £57 million libraries capital campaign. He holds degrees from the universities of Leeds, Manchester, Cambridge, Oxford, and Leicester.

Reg Carr holds degrees from the Universities of Leeds (BA, 1968), Manchester (MA, 1971), Cambridge (MA, 1983), Oxford (MA, 1997), and Leicester (Hon DLitt, 2000). His professional career has taken him to university library posts in Manchester (assistant librarian, 1970–76), Surrey (sublibrarian, 1976–78), Aston in Birmingham (deputy librarian, 1978–80), Cambridge (deputy librarian, 1980–86), Leeds (university librarian and dean of Information Strategy, 1986–96), and Oxford, where he has been Director of University Library Services & Bodley’s Librarian since January 1997.

He was a director of the Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL) from 1986 to 1997 and served as the consortium’s honorary secretary from 1991 to 1997. He served as chair of the Standing Conference of National and University Libraries (SCONUL) from 1994 to 1996. Currently he is a member of the board of the U.K.’s Joint Information Services Committee (JISC) and of its Joint Committee on the Integrated Information Environment (JCIIE), which he chairs.

As chair of the JCIIE, Carr had oversight from 1997 to 2002 of the U.K.’s multimillion pound Electronic Libraries (eLib) program and of the Distributed National Electronic Resource (DNER). For a number of years he also chaired the U.K.’s National Electronic Site Licensing Initiative (NESLI). He continues to chair the JISC’s Scholarly Communications Group and serves as vice chairman of the Digital Preservation Coalition. Until recently, he was a member both of the board of the U.K.’s National Preservation Office and of the EEBO project, a joint enterprise between Oxford, Michigan, and ProQuest.

In the early 1990s, Carr contributed substantially to the influential Follett Review of university libraries in the United Kingdom and was subsequently a member of the Research Support Libraries Group (RSLG), whose 2003 report has recently led to the establishment of the government-funded Research Libraries Network (RLN). In 1997, he was elected to the board of the Research Libraries Group (RLG) and served as its chairman from 1999 to 2003 and is the only non–North American to serve in this capacity for the California-based consortium.

In his eight years at Oxford, Carr integrated the university’s many centrally funded libraries into a new organization, the Oxford University Library Services. He also established the Oxford Digital Library, helped extend Oxford’s legal deposit status to include electronic materials, and acquired numerous important additions to the Bodleian Library’s primary research materials. In addition, Carr supervised a major program of construction, renovation, and rationalization of library buildings and led a successful £57 million libraries capital campaign.

He is an honorary citizen of Toyota City (Japan), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

Carr’s research thesis was published in 1977 as Anarchism in France: The Case of Octave Mirbeau, and he is the coauthor, with James Thompson, of An Introduction to University Library Administration.