ATG People in the News 5/24/16


Barbara I. Dewey, Penn State’s dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), an international consortium of university, college and independent research libraries.

Including Penn State’s University Libraries, CRL counts among its active membership 219 libraries in the U.S., Canada, India, Germany and Hong Kong. CRL members leverage their collective resources, knowledge and expertise “to identify, acquire, and provide access to critical evidence and documentation for advanced research and teaching.”

“I’m pleased to be representing Penn State as a member of this influential global libraries organization, and hope to advance the cause of the University’s research interests during my tenure on the CRL board,” Dewey said.

Historically, the center accepted deposits of monographs, journals and other materials that were transferred to it by member universities. Now it subscribes to U.S. and foreign newspaper titles not acquired by its members, and collects materials that tend to be costly, such as microform collections; materials that require critical language skills to catalog, such as Middle Eastern and South Asian materials; and those that are difficult to obtain, such as dissertations from non-U.S. universities and political ephemera from developing regions.

At CRL’s Council of Voting Members held in April at its Chicago headquarters, primary topics of discussion included digitization of collections, access to major databases, collection analysis and, in particular, its digital strategy. Members voted to remove access restrictions on CRL digital resources in favor of open access.

According to infoDOCKET “the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted to extend an offer of employment for President of the Boston Public Library to Jill Bourne, City Librarian for the San Jose Public Library. The decision was made following public interviews of Bourne and David Leonard, Interim President of the BPL, and deliberation amongst the Trustees during a public meeting at the Central Library in Copley Square. A third finalist candidate, Andrea Sáenz, First Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library, withdrew from the interview process for personal reasons…

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart, contracted to assist with the search, contacted and reviewed approximately 215 individuals for the position, presenting 30 qualified prospects to the BPL Presidential Search Committee for evaluation. Of these, 25 candidates were approached by the BPL Presidential Search Committee, and seven had face to face interviews, narrowing down the field to three finalist candidates…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Stephen Barr, President of SAGE International, has been elected as the new President of The Publishers Association. Stephen succeeds Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin General Books, who remains as an officer on PA Council.

The PA’s AGM, which took place on May 18, 2016 at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, also saw Lis Tribe, Managing Director Hodder Education, elected as Vice President.

In addition, Alicia Wise of Elsevier has been appointed Chair of the newly renamed Academic, Professional and Learning Publishers Council. William Bowes of Cambridge University Press has been appointed Chair of the International Board.

The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership comprises 120 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors.”

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