People in the News 7/4/14

The University of Michigan Library welcomes Charles Watkinson to the position of associate university librarian for publishing and director of the University of Michigan Press, beginning July 1.

Watkinson, who has extensive experience in scholarly publishing and in library publishing collaborations with both university presses and scholarly societies, looks forward to the opportunities presented by his new role.

“The University of Michigan,” he says, “is the acknowledged leader in showing how libraries can meet the changing needs of scholarly communication and, in the process, create a more equitable and balanced system. Michigan Publishing combines the best of the university press tradition with an exciting range of publishing services geared to serve the emerging needs of scholars in the digital age.”

Most recently Watkinson served as director of Purdue University Press and head of scholarly publishing services in Purdue University Libraries. His previous positions include director of publications at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and general manager of the David Brown Book Company.

An important contributor to the international conversation about scholarly communications, Watkinson has served on the boards of directors of the Association of American University Presses and Society for Scholarly Publishing, and on the executive group of the Library Publishing Coalition project. He holds degrees from University of Cambridge and Oxford Brookes University.

University Librarian and Dean of Libraries James Hilton says that Watkinson “possesses a compelling vision for the mission and business of Michigan Publishing, both of which will ensure that our publishing operation continues to lead in this essential realm.”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the voting membership of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has elected new leadership for the 2014-2015 term that began on July 1, 2014. Gerry Grenier, Senior Director, Publishing Technologies at IEEE, Inc. will become Chair of NISO for the 2014-15 term. Mike Teets, Vice President, Innovation, OCLC, Inc. has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors and will transition into the chairmanship in the 2015-16 term.

Grenier is a deveNISO logoloper and manager of online information systems with 25 years of publishing industry experience. He is a seasoned team leader, technical manager, and product manager with interest in the future of information distribution and the effect that technology will continue to bear on the dissemination of knowledge.

Teets started his work at OCLC in 1985 as a Research Assistant while attending The Ohio State University, later transitioning to a full-time programmer in the OCLC Office of Research. He has held various executive roles at OCLC since 2005. In addition to serving as a Director on the NISO Board, he has been a member of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Oversight Committee (DCMI) and the Open Identity Exchange Advisory Board (OIX), and was one of the founding members of the InCommon Federation Steering Committee (Shibboleth trust federation).

Other industry leaders who were also elected as Directors on the NISO Board for a three-year term include: Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist, E-resource Access and Management Services, EBSCO Information Services; Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library; and Jabin White, Vice President, Content Management, ITHAKA. They will join the following Directors who will continue their terms in managing and setting strategic direction for the organisation through 2014-2015: Marian Hollingsworth, Director of Publisher Relations, Thomson Reuters; Evan Owens, Head of Technology Strategy, AIP Publishing, LLC; B. Tommie Usdin, President, Mulberry Technologies, Inc.; Tyler Walters, Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech University Libraries; and Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries, Carnegie Mellon University.


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