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Simon Neame Named Dean of Libraries at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 26th, 2016

Simon Neame has been named the Dean of Libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At UBC, Neame oversees 33 professional librarians and 114 support staff as associate university librarian, learning and engagement. His budget responsibilities include the Barber Centre, the Walter C. Koerner Library for humanities and social sciences, the Woodard Library for health sciences, science and applied science, the Music, Art and Architecture Library, access services and the library's teaching, learning and community engagement programs. . . .

He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Victoria and a master's of library and information studies from UBC.

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    Valerie Hotchkiss Named as University Librarian at Vanderbilt University

    Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 22nd, 2016

    Valerie Hotchkiss, Andrew S.G. Turyn Endowed Professor and Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named as the University Librarian at Vanderbilt University.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Hotchkiss built visibility for the collections and promoted the study of primary resources as an integral part of the school's curriculum. . . . In addition, she served as editor-in-chief of Women in Print, a digital humanities publishing project of the University of Illinois Press. . . .

    From 1993 to 2005, Hotchkiss was the J.S. Bridwell Foundation Endowed Librarian and professor of medieval studies at Southern Methodist University, where she raised more than $16 million for the library's endowment and introduced many new community initiatives. . . .

    She also served as library director for Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and was employed by Yale University's Divinity School Library. She earned three degrees—master of arts, master of philosophy, and doctorate in medieval studies—all from Yale. In addition, she earned a master of library science from Southern Connecticut State University.

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      John M. Unsworth Named as University of Virginia University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

      Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 20th, 2016

      John M. Unsworth, Vice Provost, University Librarian, Chief Information Officer, and Professor of English at Brandeis University, has been named as the new University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Virginia .

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      He received his Ph.D. in English from UVA in 1988, and later in his career became a tenured associate professor of English at the University, as well the first director of UVA's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of digital humanities, he is the co-founder of the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture.

      Before going to Brandeis, Unsworth was dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also held faculty appointments in library and information science, English, and library administration. His first faculty appointment was as an assistant professor in English at North Carolina State University.

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        Anne Jarvis Named as University Librarian at Princeton University

        Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 20th, 2016

        Anne Jarvis, University Librarian at the University of Cambridge, has been named as University Librarian at Princeton University.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Jarvis has a bachelor's degree from Trinity College Dublin, a diploma in library and information studies from University College Dublin, a master's degree in communication and cultural studies from Dublin City University and a master of arts from Cambridge.

        Her library career began in special libraries and included posts in Ireland and the United Kingdom. She began working in academic libraries in 1992 and spent some years at Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin. In 2000 she was appointed deputy librarian at Cambridge.

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          Trevor A. Dawes Named May Morris Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums at the University of Delaware

          Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 4th, 2016

          Trevor A. Dawes, Associate University Librarian at Washington University, has been named as the May Morris Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries snd Museums at the University of Delaware.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          At Washington University, Dawes has provided leadership, direction and guidance for scholarly services, diversity and outreach, scholarly communication, and collections and acquisitions.

          Prior to joining the staff at Washington University, Dawes served as circulation services director of the Princeton University Library from 2004-13 and as head of the circulation and support services department of the Columbia University Libraries from 1999-2004.

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            Damon Jaggars Now Vice Provost and Director of Ohio State University Libraries

            Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on February 12th, 2016

            Damon Jaggars became the Vice Provost and Director of Ohio State University Libraries on 2/1/2016.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Jaggars was interim vice provost and university librarian at Columbia and has significant, successful leadership experience supporting the evolving academic enterprise in the libraries both at Columbia and another top-tier research-intensive university, the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. His administrative work has included service planning, collection development and management, facilities planning and design, budgetary management and human resources.

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              Rachel Burley Named as Publishing Director, BioMed Central and SpringerOpen

              Posted in Open Access, People in the News, Publishing on February 3rd, 2016

              Springer Nature has named Rachel Burley as Publishing Director, BioMed Central and SpringerOpen.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              Burley was previously with John Wiley & Sons, where she was Vice President and Director of Open Access and Business Development. There, she led the strategic planning and development of Wiley's open access initiatives and was instrumental in identifying and implementing strategic partnerships. Prior to that, Burley was Vice President and Publisher of Life Sciences at Wiley, and spent seven years at Nature Publishing Group.

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                Günter Waibel Named Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the California Digital Library

                Posted in People in the News on February 2nd, 2016

                Günter Waibel has been named the Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the California Digital Library.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                In his current position as the Director of the Digitization Program Office at the Smithsonian Institution, Waibel oversees the strategic plan for creating a digital Smithsonian out of the institution's 19 museums and 9 research centers. . . . Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, Waibel promoted network-based solutions on behalf of an international collaborative of 140 research libraries as Program Officer for the Research Libraries Group and the OCLC Research Library Partnership. Waibel has an MA in English Literature from Georgetown University and taught in the digital library certificate program for Syracuse University’s iSchool from 2003 to 2008.

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                  "Four PLOS Authors Receive 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences"

                  Posted in Open Access, People in the News, Scholarly Journals on November 19th, 2015

                  PLOS has released "Four PLOS Authors Receive 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences."

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  This year, four of the five scientists awarded a $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences chose to publish some of their work in Open Access journals over the course of their careers. In so doing, Edward S. Boyden, Karl Deisseroth, John Hardy and Svante Pääbo ensure their research is available for distribution, discovery and reuse, introducing opportunities for all scientists to build on their discoveries.

                  Collectively, the four PLOS authors and Breakthrough Prize winners have published 55 articles in PLOS journals: 35 articles in PLOS ONE, nine articles in PLOS Genetics, eight articles in PLOS Biology and three articles in PLOS Computational Biology. They've also rocked out to the tunes of Pharrell Williams in an Oscar-style ceremony.

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                    Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew Confirmed as Director of the IMLS

                    Posted in People in the News on September 25th, 2015

                    Dr. Kathryn K. Matthewhas been confirmed as Director of the IMLS.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    Trained as a scientist, Dr. Matthew's 30-year museum career began in curatorial, collections management, and research roles at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and Cranbrook Institute of Science. She worked with a variety of collections including ornithology, paleontology, fine arts, and anthropology. She then moved into management, exhibits and educational programs development, and fundraising and marketing roles, working at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy, the Historic Charleston Foundation, and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. She was also a science advisor for the IMAX film "Tropical Rainforest," produced by the Science Museum of Minnesota.

                    In addition she was Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, a state-funded museum.

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                      CDL Executive Director Laine Farley to Retire

                      Posted in Digital Libraries, People in the News on September 14th, 2015

                      Laine Farley, CDL Executive Director, will retire on 9/30/15.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      During her tenure, the scope and extent of CDL's digital library programs have undergone significant expansion, ensuring the national prominence of the digital library services that CDL manages on behalf of the University of California campuses. Among her many accomplishments as Executive Director have been fostering initiatives in library publishing and data management, developing policies and tools for UC's open access initiatives, overseeing the largescale digitization of UC library holdings in partnership with Google and the Internet Archive, and establishing UC libraries as founding members of the HathiTrust.

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                        Bernard A. Barton Jr. Named CIO of the Librarian of Congress

                        Posted in People in the News, Research Libraries on September 9th, 2015

                        Bernard A. Barton Jr. has been named the Chief Information Officer of the Librarian of Congress.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        Barton most recently served as chief information officer and deputy administrator of the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), the largest central resource for Department of Defense and government-funded research, development, technical and engineering information. . . .

                        Barton joined DTIC in 2009 as deputy director of Information Technology Services. In 2010, he was named acting director of Information Technology Services and, in 2012, its director. Later that year, Barton was appointed DTIC's deputy administrator and chief information officer.

                        In that role, Barton managed the daily operations of DTIC; developed institutional strategies; directed the planning and implementation of long-range information-technology initiatives; led the development of unique, state-of-the-art systems and technology applications; established DTIC as the Department of Defense science and technology community "cloud," providing nearly real-time communication and collaboration infrastructure; and implemented Web 2.0 technologies within the institution, providing rapid prototyping of relevant and secure products and early adoption of new or improved technologies.

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