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Dana C. Rooks to Step Down as Dean of the University of Houston Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Texas Academic Libraries on January 28th, 2014

Dana C. Rooks has announced her intention to step down as Dean of the University of Houston Libraries when her successor is appointed.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

"Dana has helped shape library services in the state of Texas," [Provost Paula] Short said in the email. "She is recognized as one of the founders of TexShare, an innovative model for statewide library resource sharing. She is also one of the founders of the Texas Digital Library and currently serves as chair of its governing board." . . .

"I am pleased that upon her stepping down, she has agreed to assist me on several new initiatives in a new role in the provost office," Short said in the email.

Among her many accomplishments, Rooks was active in the UH Libraries' pioneering digital publishing program, serving as an associate editor of The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, the first open access journal in the field of library and information science, founding co-editor of Public-Access Computer Systems News, an early electronic newsletter, and moderator of PACS-L, an early LISTSERV mailing list about public-access computers in libraries.

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    John Willinsky Gets SPARC Innovator Award

    Posted in Open Access, People in the News, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 28th, 2014

    John Willinsky has received a SPARC Innovator Award.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    In the late 1990s, Willinsky founded the Public Knowledge Project and developed Open Journal Systems (OJS), a free, open source platform that allows journals to be more easily and affordably published online. The results speak for themselves—today, more than 1.5 million articles are published in journals using the OJS platform. In 2012 alone, over 5,000 journals published at least 10 articles using the software Willinsky and his team pioneered.

    Because Willinsky is both a visionary and pragmatist who brings effective business teams together, SPARC honors Willinsky with its January 2014 Innovator Award.

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      Yolanda Cooper Named University Librarian at Emory University

      Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on October 14th, 2013

      Yolanda Cooper has been named University Librarian at Emory University.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Cooper will join Emory from the University of Miami, where she has most recently served as librarian associate professor, deputy university librarian, and acting dean and university librarian.

      On Jan. 15, Cooper will step into the new role leading the Emory Libraries—part of a broad, overall organizational restructuring implemented under the leadership of Rich Mendola, enterprise chief information officer and senior vice provost of library services and digital scholarship, that has combined Emory's library and informational technology organizations and reflects the increasingly important relationship between digital technologies and research libraries. . . .

      Cooper has 25 years of administrative experience in university libraries across five research library systems.

      At the University of Miami, Cooper has been responsible for services, programming and operations of all libraries on the Coral Gables and Virginia Key campuses. Her background also includes work with research library systems at Indiana University Bloomington, the University of Virginia, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Illinois, Urbana.

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        Constantia Constantinou Named Dean of University Libraries at Stony Brook University

        Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on September 23rd, 2013

        Constantia Constantinou has been named Dean of University Libraries at Stony Brook University.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Constantinou has served as the Library Director and Library Department Chair at the SUNY Maritime College Library since 2001. The SUNY Maritime College Library is considered a premier maritime library, a national leader in maritime collections, innovative research services, and rare collections. Under her direction, the Library's world-renowned rare collections have been enhanced with strong museum partnerships and collaborations with professional organizations. Constantinou has also served in a number of library leadership positions on advisory councils and governing boards, leading library organizations through ambitious strategic processes, partnerships in resource sharing and innovative services.

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          Bruce Herbert Named Director of Digital Services and Scholarly Communications at Texas A&M University Libraries

          Posted in People in the News, Texas Academic Libraries on September 5th, 2013

          Bruce Herbert has been named the Director of Digital Services and Scholarly Communications at the Texas A&M University Libraries.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          Dr. Bruce Herbert, Professor of Geology and holder of the EOG Teaching Professorship, has been appointed Director of Digital Services and Scholarly Communications at the Texas A&M University Libraries effective Aug. 15. Herbert will oversee the Libraries' institutional repository, known as the OAK Trust, and the services that support scholarly activities of faculty and students. . . .

          "As a researcher and faculty member in geosciences, Dr. Herbert brings a unique perspective to his role in leading Digital Services and Scholarly Communications through the OAK Trust," said David H. Carlson, Dean of the University Libraries, in announcing the appointment. "We're excited about this collaboration between the colleges and the Libraries and look to his expertise in information technology to meet the changing needs of faculty and students in scholarly communication."

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            Martha Bedard Named Vice Provost for University of Connecticut Libraries

            Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on August 26th, 2013

            Martha Bedard has been appointed as the Vice Provost for University of Connecticut Libraries.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Martha Bedard has been appointed the Vice Provost for University of Connecticut Libraries, effective October 14. She is currently Dean of University Libraries at the University of New Mexico, a position she has held since 2007. . . .

            Prior to New Mexico, Bedard held positions at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. At TAMU, she served in various leadership roles beginning in 2000, including Associate Dean for Information and Collection Services. Her previous positions at TAMU also included Associate Dean and Director of the Medical Sciences Library, Associate Dean for Advanced Studies, and Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives.

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              White House to Honor arXiv’s Paul Ginsparg as Champion of Change

              Posted in Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, People in the News on June 20th, 2013

              The White House will hold a ceremony today that will honor arXiv founder Paul Ginsparg as a Champion of Change.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              The White House will honor Cornell's Paul Ginsparg as a Champion of Change June 20. Ginsparg, professor of physics and of information science, is one of 13 people who promote and use open scientific data and publications to accelerate progress.

              Ginsparg created the Internet e-Print Archive, familiarly known as the arXiv, where researchers share their research papers online prior to publication in professional journals. arXiv, now based at Cornell, serves as the primary daily information feed for global communities of researchers in physics, mathematics, computer science and related fields.

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                University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Names John P. Wilkin as University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

                Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on June 11th, 2013

                The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has named John P. Wilkin as its new University Librarian and Dean of Libraries.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                Wilkin is an associate university librarian at the University of Michigan, where he also leads Michigan's library information technology and publishing divisions, including the University of Michigan Press. He also is the executive director of the HathiTrust Digital Library, an online repository established in 2008 to unite the digitized collections of more than 60 research libraries, including the U. of I.'s, in an effort to preserve the published cultural record.

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