Eleanor Frierson has more than twenty years’ experience in information service development and management at national and international levels, including librarianship; records and archives management; and publishing and information services (print, CD-ROM, and online). Ms. Frierson joined the National Agricultural Library as Deputy Director in March 2000. Before coming to the Library she served as Chief of the Bureau of Library and Information Services of the International Labour Office, the secretariat of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. During that time she chaired the Taskforce on Inter-Library Co-operation, Standards, and Management of the United Nations Information Systems Co-ordination Committee, and led the development of a number of UN system-wide library and information management projects and standards.
Ms. Frierson has also served as a staff member of the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Syracuse University, and as an instructor for the Catholic University of America. Ms. Frierson’s agriculture-related work experience includes the development of the Compact International Agricultural Research Library (CIARL), a pioneering digital library, and service as a board member of the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN). Ms. Frierson’s graduate diploma is from Syracuse University. Her undergraduate work was at Oberlin College and included a year’s study in France.