Rick Luce



Richard E. Luce is the Research Library Director at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a position he has held since 1991. Known as both an information technology pioneer and organizational innovator, he is the recipient of the 2005 Los Alamos Fellows Prize for leadership in science and engineering. His organization was co-recipient of the 1999 Federal Library and Information Center of the Year award, and a 1997 and 2000 Quality New Mexico “Roadrunner” recipient for organizational performance excellence based on the Malcolm Baldrige criteria.

Los Alamos appointed Rick as the Project Leader of LANL’s Library Without Walls in 1994. The Library Without Walls was the first digital library program to deliver large-scale scientific databases via the web (1994), interactive personal alerts (1995), and full-text article linking (1996). In 1996, Rick received a Distinguished Performance Award from Los Alamos for his contributions supporting science and technology. More recently the Library Without Walls program has pioneered context sensitive linking (2000); and developed personalized interfaces supporting collaboration (2001), and provided active recommendations based on user behavior (2003).

Rick holds numerous advisory and consultative positions supporting digital library development, electronic publishing and scholarly communication. In 1999 he was a co-founder of the Open Archives Initiative to develop interoperable standards for author self-archiving systems. In October 2003 he was active organizing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, (, and the Brazilian Declaration on Open Access in 2004.

Currently, Rick is the Senior Advisor to the Max Planck Society’s Center for Information Management, a Board member of the Digital Library Federation, and a member of the UC Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee. He is the Course Director of the International Spring School on the Digital Library and E-Publishing for Science and Technology in Geneva and a founding member and current chair of the Alliance for Innovation in Science and Technology Information (AISTI). Previously Rick has served as an Executive Board member of the National Information Standards Organization, and the UC Digital Media Innovations Executive Committee

Prior to Los Alamos, Mr. Luce held positions as the first Executive Director of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), Director of Colorado’s Irving Library Network and Assistant Director of the Boulder Public Library in Colorado. Rick speaks extensively in the areas of digital libraries and scientific communication, quality and change management, and strategic planning.