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March 15, 2016

Orbis Cascade Alliance names Dana Bostrom as executive director

Dana Bostrom has been named the new executive director of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a library consortium representing public and private colleges and universities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. 

As executive director, Bostrom will be responsible for the consortium’s leadership, strategic planning, budgeting and staff supervision. She will also represent the Alliance in professional and public settings while fostering collaborative relationships among member libraries and consortium partners. She succeeds John Helmer, who is retiring on April 1.  

Bostrom brings extensive experience working with several nonprofit organizations. She served most recently as executive director of Data Commons, an information-sharing company established in 2012 by several leading nonprofit national physician education and assessment organizations. At Data Commons, Bostrom led development of a system designed to provide accurate and accessible information about the nation’s physicians and enable new and innovative ways for researchers to analyze data sets. 

 “Dana’s experience working with governing boards and with strategic planning in a complex and dynamic environment is impressive. This experience will serve the Orbis Cascade Alliance well,“ said Faye A. Chadwell, the chair of the Alliance Board of Directors. “In addition, she possesses top-notch communication and interpersonal skills — an important asset for an executive director working with 39 individual library directors. I am especially enthusiastic about Dana’s experience developing and managing software projects like the project to establish Data Commons, in addition to her knowledge and skills related to vendor relations, intellectual property and licensing.”

Bostrom worked as the director of electronic portfolios at the Association of American Medical Colleges prior to taking the Data Commons position. She has also held positions focusing on university technology transfer as well as business development and industry alliances at Portland State University and the University of California at Berkeley. She was a licensing officer at the University of Washington where she also was a lead instructor in UW’s Intellectual Property Management certificate program.  

A Washington state native, Bostrom is eager to return to the Pacific Northwest.  “I look forward to working with the whole leadership of the Alliance as well as the Alliance staff,” she stated. “Working with the Alliance provides me an exciting opportunity to apply my knowledge of nonprofits, libraries, intellectual property and software development to support library users throughout the Northwest.”

Bostrom earned an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington, a Master’s in Communications from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She also just completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago.

The Orbis Cascade Alliance was formed in 2003 through the merger of Orbis and Cascade, two academic library consortia founded in the early 1990s. The Alliance serves the equivalent of more than 275,000 full-time students at its 39 member institutions. Membership includes all public four-year institutions in Oregon and Washington, the University of Idaho and most private colleges and universities and selected community colleges within the region. 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Dan Moret, Library Communications & Marketing, Oregon State University, Daniel.moret@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-4412

SOURCE: Faye A. Chadwell, Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and Oregon State University Press Director; faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-7300

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