ATG People in the News 11/17/15

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Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola Notre Dame Library, officially took her seat on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during the Board’s November meeting. She was elected to the Board by OCLC Global Council in April 2015.

Loyola Notre Dame Library, located in Baltimore, Maryland, serves Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University. Preece served previously as Dean of the Library, California State University San Marcos; Executive Director of the Boston Library Consortium, Inc.; Interim Associate Dean of Technical and Automated Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale; and Head of Technical and Automated Services at the Shawnee Library System in Illinois.

She received her M.A. in Library Science from the University of Minnesota and her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire.

Preece currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Maryland Digital Library Board. She served as Chair of OCLC’s Americas Regional Council and President of the OCLC Global Council.

Preece begins her four-year term on the OCLC Board today. She replaces Brian Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California, San Diego Libraries, whose term expired. Schottlaender served for five years on the OCLC Board…”

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero today announced the appointment of Dr. Meredith Evans as the new Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, effective November 29…

Dr. Evans comes to the Carter Presidential Library from Washington University in St. Louis, where she oversaw the Department of Special Collections. Dr. Evans also has held senior leadership positions at George Washington University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In these roles, she has helped obtain important photograph and document collections for the institutions, and has promoted digitization projects to make materials more easily available to researchers. As curator of printed materials at Atlanta University Center’s library, Dr. Evans participated on an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation–funded project to process and digitize the papers and books of Martin Luther King, Jr. She also has led fundraising campaigns that have strengthened and expanded library collections and staffing…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “F1000, … has strengthened its world- leading faculty of researchers in biology and medicine with the appointment of Nobel Laureate and former National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Harold Varmus as the Chairman of its International Advisory Board.

Harold Varmus, who played a key role in introducing open access publishing, is currently the Lewis Thomas University Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine and a staff associate at the New York Genome Center. He will begin chairing the advisory group for F1000 – a community of over 11,000 biomedical experts who help scientists to discover, discuss and publish research – on November 2.

As NIH Director, Varmus established PubMed Central, a large public digital library for biomedical research in 1999, in conjunction with David Lipman at the National Library of Medicine. A few years later, he and two colleagues, Pat Brown and Mike Eisen, founded the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a non-profit open-access publisher that now produces several on-line journals, including PLOS ONE.

Varmus is an author of more than 350 scientific papers and five books, including an introduction to the genetics of cancer for a general audience and his 2009 memoir, The Art and Politics of Science, which is also available on-line via PubMed Central.




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