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"Robert Darnton Closes the Book"

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on May 13th, 2015

Corydon Ireland has published "Robert Darnton Closes the Book" in the Harvard Gazette.

Here's an excerpt:

Early this summer, Robert Choate Darnton, Harvard's Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, will pack up his book-lined office on the second floor of Wadsworth House.

As of June 30, the celebrated historian, digital library pioneer, and champion of books will leave the University he first saw as an undergraduate in 1957. A scholar of Enlightenment France and of the history of the book, he returned to Harvard in 1965 to join the Society of Fellows, decamped to Princeton University in 1968 for 39 years, and came back to Harvard in 2007.

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    "Dana Rooks: A Retrospective"

    Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on May 13th, 2015

    The University of Houston Libraries has released "Dana Rooks: A Retrospective."

    Here's an excerpt:

    After holding positions at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she joined the University of Houston. At UH, she fulfilled the roles of business/economics reference librarian, coordinator of library instruction, library personnel coordinator, assistant director for administration, assistant director for public services and administration, and acting director. This year, Rooks will retire after 18 years as Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair.

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      Ann D. Thornton Named as Columbia University’s University Librarian and Vice Provost

      Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on May 4th, 2015

      Ann D. Thornton has been named as Columbia University's University Librarian and Vice Provost.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      "Columbia's library system is a dynamic academic resource that is at the very core of our teaching and research missions," [Columbia University President Lee] Bollinger said. "Ann's broad experience is ideally suited to the task of harnessing both digital technology and intellectual vision to expand our collections and enhance their long-term value not only to our university, but also to our society."

      Thornton has held a series of senior leadership positions at the New York Public Libraries, spanning the sciences, business, the humanities and social sciences. She has been responsible for collecting, preserving and presenting the institution's vast collections. She has also helped lead in the areas of electronic resources, reference and research services and public training. Before coming to New York, she was a systems librarian with the University of Houston Libraries. . . .

      After earning her bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Thornton received her master's degree in information studies from Florida State University. She has published and spoken widely on the nexus of research, teaching, learning and leadership.

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        Lisa B. German Named Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair by University of Houston

        Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 23rd, 2015

        Lisa B. German has been named Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair by the University of Houston.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        At Penn State Libraries, German served as associate dean for collections, information, and access services, where she was responsible for planning, organization, policy development, implementation, assessment, and direction. She has also published extensively in these areas.

        German has participated in the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at Harvard University, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Library Leadership Fellows Program. She is the recipient of several awards from the University of Illinois, Penn State University, and the American Library Association – Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. . . .

        German earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in library science, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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          Joy Kirchner Named as York University’s University Librarian

          Posted in People in the News, Research Libraries on April 22nd, 2015

          Joy Kirchner has been named as York University's University Librarian.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          Ms. Kirchner brings to York University a breadth and depth of library experience and perspectives gained from positions in university libraries in Canada and the U.S. over the past twenty years. She holds a BA degree in English literature and a master's of library and information studies from the University of British Columbia. She joins York from the University of Minnesota Libraries in Minneapolis, where she has held the position of associate university librarian for content & collections and interim associate university librarian for research & learning. . . .

          Prior to her appointment at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Kirchner held a number of increasingly senior positions at the University of British Columbia, most recently as head of the UBC Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office based in the UBC Library. . . She also previously held the position of Networked Electronic Resources Coordinator at the Columbia University Library in New York and various STEM librarian positions.

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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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