ATG People in the News 3/21/16

According to ALA News “Robert R. Newlen, chief of staff at the Library of Congress, has been awarded the 2016 Melvil Dewey Medal. This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by OCLC, recognizes “creative leadership of high order, particularly in those fields in which Melvil Dewey was actively interested: library management, library training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship…”

Among the achievements noted by the Dewey Medal jury and the colleagues who wrote in support of this award are Newlen’s long and impressive career at the Library of Congress, including positions at the Congressional Research Office, the Law Library of Congress, and now his appointment as chief of staff; his crucial role in the Library of Congress’ “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor” exhibition; his service to the American Library Association as a member of ALA Council, Executive Board, and as an Endowment Trustee; and his work in mentoring new librarians through his book Resume Writing And Interviewing Techniques That Work!: A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians, his presentations, and his continuing role as an inspirational figure to new professionals…”

The University of Evansville has selected Robb Waltner to serve university librarian. Waltner, who has previously served as UE’s periodicals librarian, will begin in his new role June 1.

Waltner will lead the university’s newly-renovated library and it’s staff of five professional librarians and seven paraprofessionals. Waltner comes to UE from the University of North Florida, where he served as head of acquisitions and collection development at the university’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Waltner served as periodicals librarian for UE for four years after earning his Masters of Arts degree in library, media and information services from the University of South Florida

HathiTrust, a partnership of research institutions committed to preserving and providing access to digitised monographs and other materials via a shared repository, has announced the appointment of Heather Christenson, Sandra McIntyre, and Lizanne Payne to lead major services and new programs. Each will begin in May 2016.

Heather Christenson will join HathiTrust as Program Officer for Federal Documents and Collections, building partnerships to drive the expansion of the federal documents collection and services that support the discovery, access, and preservation of these materials. The initiative will dramatically increase the number of historical federal documents available online. Christenson joins HathiTrust from the California Digital Library, where she currently serves as Manager of Digital Content Development and Strategy…

Sandra McIntyre will serve as HathiTrust’s new Director of Services and Operations. For the last eight years McIntyre has directed the Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL), a collaborative digital library organisation hosted at the University of Utah. Through McIntyre’s leadership, Mountain West Digital Library’s membership grew from 25 to 192 partners in six states, and she facilitated its transition to a new governance and financial model. McIntyre also led the collaborative to become one of the six initial service hubs for the Digital Public Library of America

Lizanne Payne, a nationally recognised expert in shared collection management, joins HathiTrust as the Program Officer for Shared Print Initiatives. Payne will have responsibility for planning, organising and implementing the Shared Print Monograph Archiving Initiative, a program that will have a lasting impact on the future stewardship of the print record…

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