ATG People in the News 8/11/15

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Oakland University has appointed Stephen P. Weiter as dean of University Libraries and associate professor, effective Monday, Sept. 21, 2015.Mr. Weiter, currently director of college libraries at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), has also served as principal law librarian for automation and technical Services at the New York State Appellate Division Law Library in Rochester, New York. Prior to that, he was a network information services librarian for Finger Lakes Library System in Ithaca, New York. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor in the Syracuse University School of Information Studies since 1997.

At Oakland, the new dean will serve as chief academic and administrative officer of the libraries, while providing vision, leadership and planning for library staff. Mr. Weiter will also be charged with creating and maintaining collaborative relationships within the university and surrounding communities, fostering professional development of library personnel, supporting fundraising activities for the library, guiding advancement of library technology and academic offerings, and assuring the libraries’ central role in the intellectual life of the university…

Mr. Weiter comes well prepared to meet new responsibilities at Oakland, having been appointed to a host of ESF and SUNY service roles, including ex officio member of the Friends of the Moon Library Board of Directors, ex officio member of the Library Committee, records management officer and member of the SUNY Council of Library Directors.

“The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the selection of four master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2015–2017 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):

  • Opetoritse Agbejuleoritse Adefolalu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Avery Boddie, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Morgan Davis, University of North Texas
  • Jessica Redhouse, University of Arizona

The Diversity and Inclusion Initiative—funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ARL, and MLA—seeks to address the growing need for professional staff in music and performing arts libraries to better reflect the changing demographics of students and faculty in those fields. The program reflects the joint commitment of ARL and MLA members, as well as partner libraries, to devote the resources and support necessary to create a diverse and well-qualified cohort of new LIS professionals…

The Diversity and Inclusion Initiative offers a generous suite of financial benefits to program participants as well as an internship in a partner music/performing arts library, a formal mentoring program, complimentary student membership in MLA, career placement assistance, and support to attend the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium and the MLA Annual Meeting. For more information about this program, visit the ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative website.”

InfoDOCKET reports that “Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today the appointment of James Holzer as the Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), and Oliver Potts as the Director of the Federal Register. Both start their new positions today…

Dr. James Holzer has extensive experience with the administration of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Since 2009 he has worked in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FOIA Office, where he has served as the Senior Director of FOIA Operations. He served as the senior advisor to the Department’s executive-level leaders throughout DHS, on compliance with FOIA and the Privacy Act, and DHS policies, programs, and agreements that promote adherence to information disclosure principles. In addition, he spearheaded the implementation of the Department’s enterprise-wide FOIA tracking, processing, and reporting case management system.

Prior to joining DHS, Dr. Holzer served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years on active duty. He deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and to Afghanistan in 2007. He received a Doctorate of Management at University of Maryland, University College. His previous degrees include a Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.S. in Business from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Oliver Potts has served in the Federal government for more than 15 years, most recently as Deputy Executive Secretariat at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he was responsible for oversight and coordination of HHS’s regulatory agenda. He also managed the Secretary’s regulatory policy review system and correspondence and records management operations.

Prior to his current position, Potts served as Director of the Civil Remedies Division, an administrative law tribunal at HHS. There he oversaw development of processes for publishing administrative law decisions on the internet, as well as the process for publishing procedural documents and standard litigation forms for customers. Potts also led the development and implementation of an internal tracking and reporting system and an electronic filing system to make filing appeals paperless. Originally from New York City, Potts received a BA in Government and Politics from George Mason University and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “Digital Science, a technology company that invests in and incubates technology companies serving the needs of scientific and research communities, has announced the appointment of Simon Porter to the role of VP Academic Relationships and Knowledge Architecture. Porter joins Digital Science’s Research Metrics team from the University of Melbourne, where he has worked for the past 15 years.

Porter is joining the recently appointed Managing Director, Daniel Hook, in Digital Science’s growing team to help build innovative external partnerships in Europe, North America and Australasia, and work with the company’s senior team to formulate product strategy.

During his time at the University of Melbourne, Porter held roles that spanned the Library, Research Administration, and Information Technology. He has forged a career transforming University practices in how data about research is used, both from administrative and eResearch perspectives. In addition to making key contributions to research information visualisation and discovery, Porter is well known for his advocacy of Research Profiling Systems and their capability to create new opportunities for researchers. Over the past three years, he has established and run the annual Australasian conference on research profiling. In 2012, Porter was the program chair of the third annual VIVO conference held in Miami.”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “Dr. Joseph Hill, Chief of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology and Director of the Harry S. Moss Heart Center, has been selected as the forthcoming editor-in-chief for the American Heart Association’s principal scientific journal, Circulation.

Circulation, published weekly, is the American Heart Association’s peer-reviewed scientific journal providing original research, commentary, and related discussion for cardiologists, cardiovascular scientists, cardiovascular surgeons, electrophysiologists, and others who work in the field of cardiovascular medicine.

Dr. Hill, who holds the James T. Willerson, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Diseases, and the Frank M. Ryburn Jr. Chair in Heart Research, will assume leadership of Circulation on July 1, 2016, and will hold that position for five years. At the end of that term, he will be eligible for a second five-year term…”

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