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Beth McNeil Named Dean of the Iowa State University Library

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 7th, 2015

Beth McNeil has been named Dean of the Iowa State University Library .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At Purdue, McNeil was responsible for managing 12 campus libraries, as well as the archives/special collections, technical services, digitization and the collections management units. She had oversight of nearly 90 faculty and staff and a $13.7 million annual collections budget.

McNeil previously served in leadership positions in the libraries at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois; and University of Nebraska, Lincoln. . . .

McNeil earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in library and information science, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She completed a doctoral program in human sciences, with a focus on leadership studies, at Nebraska.

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    David Walker Wins 2015 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology

    Posted in ALA, People in the News on March 17th, 2015

    David Walker has won the 2015 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Walker is being recognized for his dedication and commitment in developing open source library portal application Xerxes over the past decade. Originally designed as an improved interface to the Ex Libris Metalib federated search system in 2004, Xerxes now supports a variety of back-end search engines, including commercial library discovery systems, such as Primo, EDS, Summon, non-cost web service (EBSCO Integration Toolkit, Worldcat API), and other search engines (Solr, Google Appliance). Through this effort, Walker has worked with a variety of vendors to develop and test their application programming interfaces, and has been recognized by OCLC and Ex Libris for innovative uses of their services. In 2007 Walker released the system under an open source license, and today, Xerxes platform is implemented by over 40 institutions around the globe, with some also contributing code back to the project.

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      Ed Summers Wins 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

      Posted in ALA, People in the News on March 10th, 2015

      Ed Summers has won the 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Ed Summers is Lead Developer at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland. Ed has been working for two decades helping to build connections between libraries and archives and the larger communities of the World Wide Web. During that time Ed has worked in academia, start-ups, corporations and the government. He is interested in the role of open source software, community development, and open access to enable digital curation. Ed has a MS in Library and Information Science and a BA in English and American Literature from Rutgers University.

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        Marta Brunner Named College Librarian by Skidmore College

        Posted in People in the News on February 23rd, 2015

        Marta Brunner has been named College Librarian by Skidmore College.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Marta Brunner, head of collections, research and instructional services in the Charles E. Young Research Library at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has been named the new college librarian at Skidmore College, replacing Ruth Copans, who will retire this year.

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          Debra Hanken Kurtz Named as DuraSpace CEO

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, DSpace, DuraSpace, Institutional Repositories, People in the News on January 21st, 2015

          Debra Hanken Kurtz has been named as DuraSpace's CEO.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          It brings us great pleasure to announce that the DuraSpace Board of Directors has chosen Debra Hanken Kurtz to serve as the new CEO for the Organization. Kurtz is currently the Executive Director of the Texas Digital Library. She will begin in her new role on February 16, 2015 and establish an office in Austin, Texas to manage DuraSpace business operations.

          Kurtz brings key relevant experience and skills to DuraSpace. As Executive Director of the Texas Digital Library, she managed and grew membership, operations, and services. She participates in working and planning groups for DPN and SHARE. At both Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill Libraries, Kurtz provided leadership and direction for digital collections, public websites, and early planning efforts for both libraries' institutional repositories. She was an active partner within the Triangle Research Libraries Network and has been a voice for Kuali OLE, an open-source integrated library system built by and for academic and research libraries. Kurtz's complete background can be found on linkedin.

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            Chris Bourg Named MIT Libraries Director

            Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on November 24th, 2014

            Chris Bourg has been named as MIT's Libraries Director ;

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Bourg comes to MIT from Stanford University, where she is currently associate university librarian for public services. At Stanford, Bourg oversees the largest division of the Stanford University Libraries, with six branches and a collection of more than 4 million volumes. . . .

            Bourg received her BA from Duke University, her MA from the University of Maryland, and her MA and PhD in sociology from Stanford. She has written and spoken extensively on the topics of libraries, leadership, diversity, and social justice. She is a strong advocate for gender equality, and was involved in creating and leading the first Women's Voices and Influence group for Stanford staff.

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              University of Chicago Names Brenda Johnson Library Director and University Librarian

              Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on October 20th, 2014

              Brenda Johnson has been appointed Library Director and University Librarian at the University of Chicago for a five-year term.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              Johnson currently serves as Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University, Bloomington—a position she has held since 2010. She succeeds Judith Nadler, who retired in June after nearly five decades of service to UChicago.

              Before coming to Indiana University, Johnson was University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent more than 20 years at the University of Michigan, where she served as Associate University Librarian for Public Services, a position with responsibility over that institution's 19 libraries.

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                Texas Tech Names Earnstein Dukes as Interim Dean of Libraries

                Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on September 26th, 2014

                Texas Tech has named Earnstein Dukes as Interim Dean of Libraries.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                Texas Tech University has appointed Earnstein Dukes as interim dean of libraries, effective September 1, 2014. Dukes has served as associate dean of libraries at Texas Tech since 2003.

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                  Open Access Advocate Robin Peek Retires

                  Posted in Open Access, People in the News on September 4th, 2014

                  Noted open access advocate Robin Peek has retired from the Simmons GSLIS.

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  "Robin Peek was one of the earliest advocates for open access to research, one of the first to write about it regularly, and one of the first to teach a course about it, which she taught at Simmons." said Dr. Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, the Harvard Open Access Project and co-founder of the Open Access Directory. "She is also the editor and co-founder of the Open Access Directory, a globally recognized encyclopedia of open access hosted by Simmons. The Open Access Directory is unique in that it is hosted and preserved by a library school, open to public contributions, edited for quality, and featured on every major list of essential resources on the topic." The six-year old Open Access Directory, a wiki managed by the OA community that provides reference lists about open access to scientists and scholars and has had more than four million views. Peek will continue to be the editor of the Open Access Directory.

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                    Kristin Antelman Now University Librarian at Caltech Library

                    Posted in People in the News, Research Libraries on August 27th, 2014

                    On 8/11/2014, Kristin Antelman became the University Librarian at the Caltech Library.

                    Here's an excerpt from "Improving Access to Data Across the Board: An Interview with Kristin Antelman"

                    Antelman worked as the associate director of libraries at North Carolina State University before coming to Caltech. Originally from Chicago, she received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master's degree from Columbia University, both in political science, before returning to Chicago to complete her master's degree in library science at the University of Chicago.

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                      Adriene Lim Named University of Oregon’s Philip H. Knight Dean of Libraries

                      Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on June 25th, 2014

                      The University of Oregon has named Adriene Lim as its Philip H. Knight Dean of Libraries.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      Lim has served as Oakland University's chief administrative officer for the school's main Kresge Library and Medical Library since 2011. Before that, she was at Portland State University since 2005, holding positions that included interim university librarian, associate university librarian and head of library technologies.

                      Lim earned a bachelor of fine arts degree and a master's degree in library and information science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. She received a doctorate in library and information science from Simmons College in Boston, Mass., where she was in the managerial leadership in the information professions program.

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                        University of Georgia Names Toby Graham as University Librarian and Associate Provost

                        Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on June 18th, 2014

                        The University of Georgia has named Toby Graham as its new University Librarian and Associate Provost.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        Graham has served as deputy university librarian since 2009, a role in which he supported strategic planning, administration and resource allocation for the libraries and oversaw fundraising. He also directs the university's Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and oversees the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, which holds 70,000 cubic feet of archives, 200,000 volumes and 200,000 media items.

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