Corilee Christou: Our new library and publisher relations director emeritus

Corilee Christou, a veteran of the library and publishing scenes as well as a grandmother passionate about literacy, has stepped down as library and publisher relations director for LibraryEndowment.org and LibraryCity, effective Aug. 17, 2018.

She continues to believe in the library endowment cause but wishes to spend more time with her grandchildren. We encourage others to apply to replace her in this important voluntary position. Contact Library Endowment cofounder David Rothman at drothman@libraryendowment.org or call 703-370-6540.

In honor of Corilee’s past contributions to LibraryEndowment.org, including coauthorship of a commentary in the Washington Post, she will now be library and publisher relations director emeritus.

During her time with us—Corilee started November 2016—she advised on strategy. Another title summed it all up: library evangelist.

LibraryCity, the parent of LibraryEndowment.org, is the small informal group calling for a national library endowment. As library and publisher relations director, Corilee explained the endowment vision to librarians and publishers. The endowment initiative is a heartfelt grassroots cause—LibraryCity is all volunteer. But along the way, if the actual endowment happened, major opportunities would grow for librarians, publishers, and writers through expanded markets.

Corilee herself has experience in both the library and publishing worlds. Visit Amazon and you’ll see review blurbs from Publishers Weekly. That deal is just one of the many Corilee has helped make happen over the years to the advantage of all involved.

Among other jobs, Corilee was VP of new media licensing and business development for Reed Business Information, the one-time parent company of Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and School Library Journal. She has also worked for LexisNexis and other information-related companies as well as for public, K-12, and academic libraries. In addition, she has been a rights consultant for C2Consulting and a columnist for Information Today.

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