Publisher Weekly reports that The University of South Carolina Press (USC Press) has named bestselling author Pat Conroy editor-at-large of Story River Books, their new South Carolina-based original fiction series. “The University of South Carolina has always played a role in my life and the intellectual life of South Carolina,” says Conroy who credits Jonathan Haupt, director of the USC Press, as being “one of the best editors I’ve come across in fiction.” Haupt believes Conroy is the ideal mentor for the series. “I was thrilled when he volunteered to shepherd this new initiative...”
“Three new members have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Center for Research Libraries:
- Lars Schoultz is William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from UNC. His area of special interest is inter-American relations. He has held a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Buenos Aires to study Argentine electoral behavior, two postdoctoral research grants from the Social Science Research Council to study United States policy toward Latin America, and a Ford Foundation grant to study U.S. immigration policy. He has been a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security and held residential fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and at the National Humanities Center. Schoultz is the recipient of the Tanner Award (1982), the Class of 1994 Award (1994), and the William Friday Award (2006), all for teaching excellence.
- Virginia Steel has been University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Cruz since 2005. She currently also serves as the Chair of the University of California Council of University Librarians. Prior to her arrival at UC Santa Cruz she served as Director of Libraries at Washington State University and as Associate Director for Public Services in the MIT Libraries. Ginny also worked at the University of California, San Diego; Arizona State University; and Brown University earlier in her career. She has a B.A. from the University of Rochester and an A.M. from the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago. She served as the President of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) in 2004-05 and has been active in a variety of regional and national library associations.
- Xuemao Wang currently serves as Dean and University Librarian of University of Cincinnati, United States. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership and operational oversight for the entire UC Libraries system. He came to the University of Cincinnati from Emory University, where he was the Associate Vice Provost of University Libraries since 2009. Prior to that appointment, he was the Head of Library Systems at Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries, with responsibilities for supporting university-wide enterprise library systems. He also served as Director of Information Technology for the Metropolitan New York Library Council, Manager of Internet Services for Queen s Borough Public Library, and Head of the Information Service Department for a Chinese academic institution in China…”