[Oa-italia] Fred Friend

Antonella De Robbio antonella.derobbio a unipd.it
Mar 6 Maggio 2014 09:11:38 CEST

Se ne Ŕ andato un grande... una persona specialissima...

2014-04-30 15:55 GMT+02:00 Paola Gargiulo <p.gargiulo a cineca.it>:

>  Cari colleghi,
> alcuni di voi che partecipano da diversi anni al movimento dell'accesso
> aperto ricorderanno Fred Friend per l'impegno profuso  sin dalla Budapest
> Initiative fino ad oggi. Purtroppo Fred Ŕ venuto a mancare la settimana
> scorsa.
> Chi ha avuto l'occasione di conoscerlo personalmente, ha potuto apprezzare
> la sua adesione convinta e motivata all'accesso aperto, accompagnata da
> una  gentilezza d'animo e da una squisita cortesia che gli ha permesso
> negli anni di interloquire con tutti, editori compresi, in  modo pacato, ma
> fermo.
> Fred era  conosciuto nel mondo dei consorzi delle biblioteche per le
> acquisizioni delle risorse elettroniche,anche  in questo contesto ha avuto
> un ruolo attivo anche nella fondazione dell'ICOLC ( International Coalition
> of Library Consortia).
> Fred ha dato il suo contributo anche al nascere del movimento in Italia,
> ha partecipato con suoi interventi sia alla Dichiarazione di Messina, poi
> a Padova per Berlin 5, poi successivamente Ŕ tornato a Roma invitato dalla
> Sapienza per una giornata dell'OA.
> Vorrei esprimere  a mio nome e a nome della comunitÓ OA il nostro
> rammarico per questa perdita, la nostra gratitudine per aver incontrato nel
> nostro cammino una persona come Fred.
> Chi l'ha conosciuto o ha letto i suoi lavori e  vuole mandare un breve
> ricordo alla famiglia Ŕ invitto scrivere ad Alma Swan o a Paul Ayris.
> Cordialmente
> Paola
> PS accludo i messaggi di Alma Swan
> -------- Messaggio originale --------  Oggetto: [GOAL] Fred Friend  Data: Mon,
> 28 Apr 2014 07:23:19 +0100  Mittente: Alma Swan <a.swan a talk21.com><a.swan a talk21.com>  Rispondi-a:
> Global Open Access List (Successor of AmSci) <goal a eprints.org><goal a eprints.org>  A:
> Global Open Access List (Successor of AmSci) <goal a eprints.org><goal a eprints.org>
> A message from Alma Swan (*a.swan a talk21.com <http://a.swan@talk21.com>*)
> and Paul Ayris (*p.ayris a ucl.ac.uk <http://p.ayris@ucl.ac.uk>*):
> Friends,
> It is with great sadness that we have to tell you of the death last week
> of Fred Friend.
> Fred was one of the staunchest supporters of Open Access and worked to
> further its aims for almost two decades. Early in that period he was, of
> course, Librarian at University College London, a position that gave him
> influence and the means to push arguments for openness that were at the
> time new and considered rather heretical. After retirement from that post
> Fred served for many years as a consultant to JISC, advising and carrying
> out research work for JISC on scholarly communications. He was in his
> element in this role as it gave him the opportunities he needed to continue
> making the arguments for Open Access and to develop practical initiatives
> that helped to advance the cause. Latterly, Fred pursued his aims through
> continuing consultancy jobs and indeed at the time of his death he was
> embarking on an ambitious analysis of OA policies.
> We have lost a very good friend of Open Access and a great humanitarian.
> For many there will also be the feeling of losing a kind and loyal personal
> friend.
> His daughter, Cate, said to us, “It means so much to hear about his
> professional life - he was so private and so humble that he never really
> talked about what he did (I used to joke with him and tell him that I told
> everyone that he was a spy!).” We would like the OA community -- Fred’s
> friends -- to let Cate and the rest of Fred’s family know about the work
> Fred did and the great colleague that he was, so we are going to collect
> tributes to Fred and his work and will put these together into a book for
> his family.
> If you have something to say, please email your words to one of us,
> including your job title where relevant to give some context to your
> comments for the family. Thank you in advance for your contributions.
> For those who can attend the funeral, the ceremony will be held at 12.30pm
> on Thursday 1st May at St Michael and All Angels, Hughenden, near High
> Wycombe in the UK. The family will welcome anyone who can be with them on
> that occasion.
> -------- Messaggio originale --------  Oggetto: [Icolc] Personal
> recollections on the death of Fred Friend (former director, UCL library &
> open access advocate)  Data: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:17:30 -0400  Mittente: Arnold
> Hirshon <axh374 a case.edu> <axh374 a case.edu>  Rispondi-a: ICOLC
> Confidential List <icolc a lyralists.lyrasis.org><icolc a lyralists.lyrasis.org>  A:
> ICOLC Confidential List <icolc a lyralists.lyrasis.org><icolc a lyralists.lyrasis.org>
>  Ordinarily I would not contribute to a listserv thread about a
> colleague, but would rather send along my remembrances directly to
> individual family members or colleagues.┬  However, in the case of Fred
> Friend I would like to make an exception for a very special reason.┬
> In an 2002 article I wrote for the *Journal of Library Consortia*entitled “International Library Consortia:
> Positive Starts, Promising Futures” I recalled the early history of what
> would become ICOLC.┬  Many on this list are probably unaware of the
> history, but it stems from a meeting held in 1997.┬  A Dutch-German
> statement on joint licensing principles and guidelines.┬  This statement
> led to the development of a North American statement.┬  That fall, I was
> scheduled to be on business in Amsterdam, and I contacted the authors of
> the Dutch-German statement to see if there would be some interest in
> developing a single statement that could be endorsed by
> both the North American and Dutch groups. At that meeting, there were not
> only representatives from the Dutch community (Hans Gelijnse and John
> Gilbert) and from Germany (Elmar Mittler), but also Fred Friend from the
> United Kingdom.  As I wrote in 2002, “Out of that meeting grew not only
> the agreement upon a single statement, but also a more profound longer-term
> agreement: to turn the nascent COC into an international organization.
> After much debate, all parties settled upon a new name: the International
> Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC).”  What I did not say in the
> article is that it was Fred who was the first one to ask whether the North
> American group might be willing to become an international consortium.┬
> Fred was not just “a” founding father of ICOLC, he was the “father of
> the idea” to internationalize ICOLC.
> Fred was not only present at the creation of ICOLC, he was an instrumental
> part of its later success.┬  It was not by accident that the first ICOLC
> meeting outside of North America was held in the UK, and Fred was an
> instrumental element of that first meeting.┬  Fred regularly attended ICOLC
> meetings and was an ardent contributor to this liserv.┬  Speaking
> personally, from the time of that first time I met Fred at the meeting in
> The Hague grew a great respect and friendship.┬  Fred was a tireless and
> articulate advocate, a gentleman in every respect, and a witty and
> wonderful colleague.┬  ICOLC owes to Fred for his efforts to get ICOLC off
> the ground, and his good cheer and counsel will forever be missed.
> _____________________________
> Arnold Hirshon
> Associate Provost & University Librarian
> Case Western Reserve University
> Kelvin Smith Library
> Cleveland OH 44106
> 216-368-0688
> arnold.hirshon a case.edu
> [image: Description: portrait-arnold-thumbnail]
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