ATG People in the News 5/9/15

Todaro BW cropped Todaro wins 2016–2017 ALA presidency

Julie Todaro, PhD, Dean of Library Services at Austin (Texas) Community College, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association.

Todaro received 2,899 votes, while her opponents, Joseph Janes, associate professor and chair of the MLIS program at the University of Washington Information School, received 2,877 votes; James LaRue, CEO of LaRue & Associates, Castle Rock, Colo., received 2,222 votes; and JP Porcaro, Librarian for Acquisitions and Technological Discovery at the New Jersey City University Guarini Library, Jersey City, N.J., received 2,121 votes.

As ALA president, Todaro will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library association in the world. She will serve as president-elect for one year before stepping into her role as president at the close of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Upon learning the outcome of the election, Todaro remarked, “I am honored to be elected the President of the American Library Association. I am especially honored to be the first community college librarian elected to serve in this important role in our profession…”

See also on the NewsChannel ATG Interviews the ALA Presidential Candidates: Julie Todaro

Atlanta, GA – May 8, 2015 – LYRASIS, one of the nation’s largest non-profit membership associations serving libraries, archives and museums, has announced the selection of Robert Miller as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 15, 2015. Miller will fill the position previously held by Kate Nevins, who is retiring after more than 20 years with LYRASIS and SOLINET, one of its predecessor organizations. The selection was made after a rigorous national search and was finalized by the LYRASIS Board of Trustees after their April 30, 2015 meeting.

“We are extremely pleased to announce this new appointment,” said Cynthia L. Henderson, Executive Director of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University and Chair of the LYRASIS Board of Trustees. “We sought the best and are delighted that Robert Miller has accepted our offer. Robert will be visible in our partner community and will represent the values and mission of LYRASIS. He will be comfortable leading and guiding LYRASIS to further greatness while meeting community needs in innovative ways that will shape future programs, initiatives and the ways we serve our members.”

Kate Nevins, LYRASIS’ current Executive Director, says “I think this appointment marks an excellent decision by our Board of Trustees, and I believe Robert Miller will be a strong leader for the organization. His background working with both technology solutions and the library, archive and museum communities will be a perfect fit for the future needs of our members. I look forward to what is ahead for LYRASIS under his direction.”

Robert Miller comes to LYRASIS from Internet Archive, a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music and more. While there he served as General Manager of Digital Libraries, building the Digital Libraries Division from the ground up and resulting in more than 600 million digitized pages globally available with more than 30 million monthly downloads. His work included building key partnerships with state librarians, top libraries, archives and museums across the United States, leading library consortia across North America, and global grant-funding institutions and technology company leaders such as MSN. Prior to his tenure with Internet Archive, he was founder and co-founder of start-up companies, including as CEO of an Israeli technology company that was commercializing specialized search technology and as co-founder and President of an information services company where he developed and helped patent a consumer behavior referral technology that utilized free, user-generated content to improve retail sales. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University.

“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with the library, archive and museum communities in this new capacity,” remarks Miller. “I have so much respect for these fields because of their innovative technologies, forward-thinking solutions and invaluable contributions to their communities and users. LYRASIS has long been a partner to those institutions and I welcome the chance to build new opportunities and collaborations into the future.”


Among a number of others, Ann-Christe includes the following announcements:

Georgie Donovan has been appointed associate dean for collections and content services at The College of William & Mary’s (W&M) Swem Library. Donovan has 15 years of professional experience in library management. She comes to W&M from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where she has worked in multiple positions since 2004, most recently as associate dean of libraries since 2004…

Lorraine Estelle has been appointed COUNTER Project director in succession to Peter Shepherd, who will be retiring this summer. Estelle has worked for Jisc (The UK Joint Information Systems Committee) since 2002 and was chief executive of Jisc Collections from 2006 to 2015. In this capacity she has worked closely with publishers and librarians on all aspects of national procurement and licensing activities. Of particular relevance to COUNTER is her role in setting up the UK Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP), which provides a one-stop shop for the management by U.K. academic libraries of COUNTER usage statistics…

Howard Fuller has been appointed library director at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington.

Millicent Gaskell has been named university librarian and director of the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University. For the past ten years, Gaskell held a number of leadership roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to her tenure at MIT, she served as librarian, senior librarian, and then manager of Information Services during a ten-year career at QVC…

James Adams joined the Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center at the University of Oklahoma Libraries as an emerging technologies librarian.

Andrea Ball has been appointed care management and population health librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

Kristal Boulden has been appointed social sciences and humanities librarian at the University of Oklahoma Libraries.

Tara Carlisle has been appointed digital scholarship specialist in the Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center at the University of Oklahoma Libraries.

Scott Carlson is now the metadata coordinator in the Fondren Library at Rice University…

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