ATG People in the News 12/6/15

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According to ALAnews “Dr. Christopher A. Shaffer, dean of university libraries at Troy (Alabama) University, will receive the I Love My Librarian Award for his outstanding public service to the community and ongoing commitment to transforming lives through education and lifelong learning. Shaffer was one of only 10 librarians within the United States recognized this year for this esteemed honor.

Shaffer has transformed the libraries at Troy University into a positive force by providing more opportunities for dynamic learning and community engagement for students as well as local residents.

By partnering with local, national and international organizations, Shaffer created a series of lectures and educational programming on topics such as Islamic culture, Black History Month and the Holocaust. In addition, he started a film festival featuring independent works and movies from around the world.

Through grants, Shaffer expanded the library’s collection to include materials on Turkish and Middle Eastern history and Japanese culture. He was also able purchase children’s and young adult books. This new collection is not only used by the education department’s students and faculty, but also the city’s children and families, many of whom have checkout privileges and are also able to borrow the new books…”


The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a global nonprofit membership organization serving the information services community, announced Deanna Marcum, Managing Director of Ithaka S+R, has been selected to receive the NFAIS 2016 Miles Conrad Award.

NFAIS’s Miles Conrad Award, long considered the information community’s premier annual honor for achievement in fostering the growth of information services, is being given to Marcum in recognition of her significant accomplishments in librarianship and helping establish the digital future for libraries through her leadership roles during her career in government, academia and non-profit organizations.

As Ithaka S+R’s Managing Director, Marcum provides research and strategic guidance to help universities and colleges, libraries, publishers and cultural institutions navigate economic and technological change. In her current role, she leads a staff of program directors and analysts with wide-ranging expertise in higher education and libraries and scholarly communication…”


The ACRL Insider reports that “ACRL has selected four curriculum designer/presenters to create new professional development offerings in two important areas. For Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy, a review team selected Maryam Fakouri, ‎intellectual property librarian at Columbia College in Chicago, and John Watts, undergraduate learning librarian at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. For Research Data Management, a review team selected Abigail Goben, information services librarian at University of Illinois-Chicago Health Sciences Library, and Megan Sapp Nelson, associate professor of library sciences at Purdue University…”

Perkinston, Mississippi librarian chosen for national public service honor

ALAnews also reports that Shugana Williams, librarian at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Perkinston Campus, will receive the I Love My Librarian Award for her outstanding public service to the community and ongoing commitment to transforming lives through education and lifelong learning. Williams was one of only 10 librarians within the United States recognized this year for this esteemed honor.

Williams has been recognized for her ability to engage students with programs and services that support individual opportunity and community progress.

When working with students, she strives to make learning fun and accessible. She provides invaluable assistance on subjects such as data collection, digitization and archival processing. She was recognized for her archival expertise and now conducts workshops across three states.

Williams facilitated the highly praised “Six Degrees West” exhibit and lecture, which exposed students to a different understanding of the Muslim world. The program, attended by students, faculty and local residents, opened up dialogues and made new connections between people of different faiths…”

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