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MacKenzie Smith Named as University Librarian at UC Davis Library

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on May 7th, 2012

MacKenzie Smith has been named as the new University Librarian at the University of California, Davis Library.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

MacKenzie Smith, an academic research library leader specializing in information technology and digital knowledge management, has been chosen to lead the University Library at the University of California, Davis.

She will officially assume her new post as university librarian on June 1.

"I am extremely pleased that Ms. Smith will be joining us shortly," said Ralph Hexter, provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Davis."Her expertise and vision will help us transform the library into an academic hub that promotes the innovative use of digital information resources in discovery and learning for the future." The university librarian reports to the provost. . . .

Smith, who now lives in Berkeley, has helped lead technology strategy for libraries at MIT and Harvard University. Most recently research director for MIT Libraries from 2011-2012, she led cutting-edge research projects in digital libraries and archives; Web applications for scholarly communication; and digital data curation in support of e-science.

As associate director for technology at the MIT Libraries from 2002 to 2011, Smith oversaw the libraries' technology operations and strategic planning. She led the development of an open source software platform for digital archives and created a digital library research program on applied technology for libraries and archives.

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    Richard Luce Named Dean of the University of Oklahoma Libraries

    Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on April 30th, 2012

    Richard Luce, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries for Emory University, has been named Dean of the University of Oklahoma Libraries.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    Rick Luce, a librarian upon whose expertise the National Science Foundation has drawn to serve on four Blue Ribbon panels, has been selected to serve as dean of the University of Oklahoma Libraries, pending approval by the OU Board of Regents at its May meeting. Luce currently is vice provost and director of libraries at Emory University and previously was director at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He will fill the position being vacated by longtime OU library dean Sul Lee, who last year announced his plans to retire, effective June 30, after serving as dean for more than 30 years.

    In addition to serving as University Libraries dean, Luce will hold appointments as a professor, as the Peggy V. Helmerich Chair and as associate vice president for research, OU Norman campus.

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      Carol Tenopir Given Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award

      Posted in People in the News on April 25th, 2012

      Carol Tenopir has been given a Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      The new SEC award program was created to honor professors from the SEC with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship. A faculty member in UT's College of Communication and Information, Tenopir is a Chancellor's Professor in the School of Information Sciences and director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies. She also serves as director of research for the college. . . .

      Tenopir's teaching and research focus on information access and retrieval, electronic publishing, the information industry, online resources, and the impact of technology on reference librarians and scientists. She was one of the first scholars to study full-text journal article retrieval. She has a doctorate from the University of Illinois, a master's degree from California State University, and a bachelor's degree from Whittier College.

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        Mark Phillips Named as One of Library Journal’s 2012 Movers & Shakers

        Posted in Digital Libraries, People in the News, Texas Academic Libraries on March 13th, 2012

        Mark Phillips, Assistant Dean for Digital Libraries at the University of North Texas Libraries, has been named as one of Library Journal's 2012 Movers & Shakers.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        An accomplished systems architect, Phillips redesigned and rebuilt the university's digital library (digital.library.unt.edu). It's now a vast repository of collections from various UNT libraries, schools, and departments, and the sprawling Portal to Texas History (texashistory.unt.edu) is also based on this system. In 2011, Phillips worked on upgrades and explored avenues for discovery and use of the materials now housed online.

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          G. Sayeed Choudhury Given 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library Technology

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, People in the News on March 13th, 2012

          G. Sayeed Choudhury has been given the 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library Technology.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          Mr. Choudhury was selected by the award jury for his leadership in the field of data curation through the National Science Foundation-supported Data Conservancy project, which expands the capabilities of research libraries in serving researchers and the institutions of which they are a part, and for his ongoing impact on the field of librarianship in applying the principles of librarianship to the curation and preservation of digital data. He is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. In addition, he is a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Council, the DuraSpace Board and a Senior Presidential Fellow with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

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            Michael Nielsen Named as SPARC Innovator

            Posted in Open Access, Open Science, People in the News on January 18th, 2012

            Michael Nielsen has been named as a SPARC Innovator.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            While Nielsen is not alone in promoting the open sharing of data and research to advance science, he has been in the spotlight this fall as an advocate for the cause. The Open Society Foundations supported sending him on an awareness-raising tour on Open Science. In three months, Nielsen did 33 talks in 17 cities—from small gatherings of high school students in Lithuania to a 1,000-plus audience in Canada. (The recording on ted.com of his presentation at TEDxWaterloo has received more than 150,000 hits.). . .

            For being a thought leader of how doing science in the open can promote change and bringing the discussion to a new level, SPARC honors Nielsen as the January 2012 SPARC Innovator. "Michael is an incredibly bright scientist and researcher in his own right," says Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC. "But he also has a view beyond 30,000 feet of the entire scientific enterprise, and the value that open brings to the table." Nielsen has found a way to engage the general public in this issue to understand why it matters. In his push to open up the scientific process, he has helped advance the entire open-access movement. "He is a voice into the mainstream that has been sorely lacking," says Joseph.

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              Ann Okerson Named as Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies at Center for Research Libraries

              Posted in People in the News on October 10th, 2011

              The Center for Research Libraries has named Ann Okerson as Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              CRL has engaged Ann Okerson as Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies, effective October 1. Ann Okerson served as Associate University Librarian for Collections and International Programs at Yale University, and is Chair of the Professional Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and a current member of IFLA's Governing Board. Ann organized the Northeast Research Libraries consortium (NERL), serving as executive director, and is the founder and moderator of LIBLICENSE, an online resource for collection development. She has been active in a number of other international projects and initiatives.

              | Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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                ARL Executive Director Charles B. Lowry Announces His Retirement

                Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on August 22nd, 2011

                Association of Research Libraries Executive Director Charles B. Lowry has announced his retirement.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                Charles B. Lowry has announced that he will retire from his position as Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) at the end of December 2012. By announcing his retirement plans now, Lowry provides the ARL Board of Directors with time for a search and a seamless transition of leadership.

                Lowry was appointed Executive Director in 2008 for a three-year term, which was extended for an additional two years at the request of the ARL Board. He has led ARL through significant expansion in membership and renewal of its strategic plan. During his tenure, ARL's capacities and offerings have been strengthened and expanded. Guided by Lowry's leadership, the Association:

                • gained three new members—University of Calgary, University of Ottawa, and the US National Archives and Records Administration;
                • renewed its strategic plan twice;
                • led the reshaping of the Library Copyright Alliance;
                • navigated the difficult economic downturn that began in 2008;
                • expanded ARL's Public Policies capacity, a vital strategic direction; and
                • conducted successful searches to replace three highly accomplished senior staff essential to the Association's mission.

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