LYRASIS Welcomes Gregory Cotton, Jim Scheppke and Jim Pierce to the LYRASIS Board of Trustees

LYRASIS announces the appointments of Gregory Cotton, Jim Pierce and Jim Scheppke to its Board of Trustees.

On July 8, 2010, Gregory Cotton and Jim Scheppke were appointed to serve on the LYRASIS Board of Trustees effective October 1, 2010. Gregory Cotton will serve a three-year term for fiscal years 2010 through 2013 and Jim Scheppke will serve a two-year term for fiscal years 2010 through 2012. Jim Pierce was appointed as a non-member trustee of the LYRASIS Board of Trustees on June 2, 2010. He has begun to serve a three-year term for fiscal years 2010 through 2013. “We are pleased to have these accomplished colleagues on the LYRASIS Board of Trustees. Their combined expertise in librarianship, academia and finance strengthens our capabilities and resources while positioning us to serve our members with greater efficiency and effectiveness,” stated Kate Nevins, LYRASIS CEO.

The Technical Services and Systems Librarian at Cornell College for the past 22 years, Gregory Cotton is also the Consulting Librarian for the Visual Arts at Cornell. In addition, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science, as well as a Lecturer at San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. A former Chair of the BCR Board of Trustees, Cotton was a BCR delegate to OCLC’s Members Council from 2002 to 2007. He received an MLS from the University of Iowa. “Twenty-two years ago, I began my life as an academic librarian in Iowa. I quickly came to recognize library networks as invaluable tools to help my library succeed. During the past months, I have read the LYRASIS vision statement and have been inspired by its commitment to library success; I have met members of the LYRASIS Board and staff and have been equally inspired by their shared dedication to that vision and to library success. I am thrilled by the opportunity to join the LYRASIS Board. To my fellow librarians in the Midwest and West: I cannot wait to share the LYRASIS vision with you. A grand future lies ahead,” said Cotton.

The State Librarian of Oregon for the past 19 years, Jim Scheppke has nearly 25 years of experience working in state libraries (Oregon State Library and Texas State Library). Prior to becoming a librarian, he worked as an independent bookseller. The author of numerous articles for professional library publications, Scheppke has served as president of the Oregon Library Association and the Western Council of State Libraries. He received an MLIS degree from the University of Texas at Austin. “Having served on the Board of Trustees of BCR for a decade, I am a strong believer in the benefits of large scale collaboration for libraries. I see real advantages for Oregon to affiliate with members in the other 38 states that LYRASIS serves, and I hope to facilitate the successful expansion of the LYRASIS membership in the western states,” said Scheppke.

An active Certified Public Accountant, Jim Pierce has held the position of Director of Treasury Services at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) for the past six years. He is responsible for cash and short-term investment management, endowment oversight and debt management, and serves as the primary liaison with banking partners and rating agencies. Prior to working in higher education, he held leadership positions in banking, including Director of the Capital Markets Audit Division and Risk Manager of Foreign Exchange & Derivative Portfolios at Wachovia. Pierce obtained an MBA from Wake Forest University and his undergraduate degree in Management from Georgia Tech. “The ongoing growth of the LYRASIS membership creates increased opportunities for expanded services. I am pleased to contribute my knowledge and skills toward the development and implementation of successful financial strategies for the LYRASIS organization,” said Pierce.

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