ATG People the News 5/25/15

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Citing the National Library of Ireland website, InfoDOCKET reports that the National Library of Ireland (NLI) has announced the appointment of Dr Sandra Collins to the role of Director.

Dr Collins joins the National Library of Ireland from her role as the Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) in the Royal Irish Academy. She will take up her new role in the NLI on 31st July 2015, and her appointment is for five years and follows an extensive open recruitment process. Dr Collins’ career includes leadership roles in research, industry and public service, with prior positions in the Royal Irish Academy, Science Foundation Ireland, Ericsson telecommunications, and Dublin City University.

Announcing the appointment, NLI board member, Paul Shovlin said:  “We are very pleased that Sandra is joining the National Library as Director.  Her experience and interest in digital preservation in particular is of huge importance as the Library is particularly engaged in the digitisation of records…

Biography of Dr Sandra Collins

Dr Sandra Collins was appointed as the Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) in the Royal Irish Academy in 2011, where she established and led an ambitious national research centre developing both policy and e-infrastructure for digital preservation of cultural and social data. Dr Collins manages a number of national and international research partnerships with organisations including Raidió Teilifís Éireann, the Insight Data Analytics Research Centre, and the Research Data Alliance.

She serves on many international and national policy advisory groups and steering committees, including as Chair of the ALLEA (all European Academies) international E-Humanities Working Group, Rapporteur for the Horizon 2020 Expert Advisory Group on ‘European Research Infrastructures’ and member of the Horizon 2020 Expert Advisory Group ‘Science with and for Society’. She is a member of the National Steering Committee on Open Access Policy and a member of the Public Body Advisory Group for Open Government Data, and the Irish Member State representative at the European Future Internet Forum since 2009.”


The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected Amy Steinbauer and Gretchen LeCheminant as recipients of Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarships. The Conable Scholarships will provide for Steinbauer’s and LeCheminant’s expenses to attend the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco.

As part of the scholarships, the recipients will attend FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at the conference, consult with mentors, and each will present a report about her experiences and thoughts following the conference. Steinbauer and LeCheminant will be recognized at the FTRF Annual Member Reception from 4:30–6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 outside room 131N of the Moscone Convention Center.

This is the first time in the eight-year history of the Conable Scholarship that multiple awards have been given…

LeCheminant is a student at the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) School of Information. In her capacity as co-director of the UTA & Texas Library Association student group, she helped to organize a Banned Books Week photo booth. She also served as co-editor with Camille Callison and Loriene Roy of the forthcoming “Indiginous Notions of Ownership & Libraries, Archives, & Museums,” a book about the needs of indigenous peoples. She will be going into youth services, where she hopes to combine the love and understanding that teenagers have for new media with the fundamental and long-standing right to read as supported by libraries.

Steinbauer also was active with her student chapter of ALA while attending University of Hawaii. She continued her activism after graduating while volunteering in public school libraries. One reference spoke of Amy’s strong commitment of keeping diverse books in school libraries. Furthermore, as she has moved into public libraries, she continues to support youngsters in their wide selection of choices and to help make diversity books remain on the shelves. Steinbauer currently works for the Beaumont Library District in California and resides in Riverside, where Gordon Conable lived for many years until his death.

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