ATG People in the News 6/16/16


Dan Cohen

ALA News reports that “Dan Cohen is the winner of the 2016 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Emerald Group Publishing sponsor the Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. The winner receives a citation and a $1,000 stipend.

The Award Committee selected Cohen because of his massive contributions through his work with the DPLA, Zotero, publishing, online exhibitions/collections, and his contributions through his writings. His work with the DPLA in particular stood out to the group.

Cohen is the founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America. Previously he was a Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. He is the co-author of  Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), and co-editor of  Hacking the Academy (University of Michigan Press, 2012). I have published articles and book chapters on new media, the history of mathematics and religion, the teaching of history, scholarly communication, and the future of the humanities in a digital age in journals such as the Journal of American History, Victorian Studies, and Rethinking History…”

According to infoDOCKET “the Boston Public Library has named David Leonard as president four days after a California librarian declined to take the job.

David Leonard has been serving as interim president for nearly a year, after previous president Amy Ryan resigned last summer. Ryan came under fire after two pieces of art worth $630,000 temporarily went missing under her watch.

The library initially offered the job to Jill Bourne, who currently leads the San Jose city library system, after a nationwide presidential search. She accepted the position but changed her mind on Friday, citing “personal reasons that were not anticipated while I participated in this process.” After that, Leonard was offered the job.

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According to The BooksellerSAGE has hired Ian Mulvany, head of technology at open access science journal eLife, to the new role of head of product innovation.

Mulvany, who joins the publisher in September, will sit in its innovation unit with a remit to engage with big data and social research.

SAGE said it was “excited by changes in the research landscape as a result of the availability of varied, vast datasets that can be used by researchers to provide insights into the social world.” Mulvany will be actively shaping product strategy and development in this area, driving product innovation beyond SAGE’s traditional publishing…

Martha Sedgwick, SAGE’s executive director of product innovation, said: “Ian brings a wealth of experience building digital products and digital teams during his time at Nature Publishing Group, Mendeley and, more recently, eLife. His combination of technical skill, appetite for innovation and deep interest in network science will support the disciplines we serve incredibly well.  I look forward to him working with us at SAGE to tackle new challenges facing social scientists in a world of data intensive research…”

The staff and board of directors of the Binc Foundation are pleased to welcome fundraising professional, Kathy Bartson as the organization’s new Director of Development. Kathy brings with her 16 years of experience helping Ann Arbor-area nonprofits and educational institutions realize their public
interest missions, as well as, proven success at building and expanding annual giving and major gift programs, institutionalizing fundraising strategies and spearheading special events. Kathy will lead Binc’s fundraising initiatives with the goal of creating a financially sustainable Foundation to fund emergency financial assistance programs in support of bookstore employees across the nation…

Kathy realizes the importance of the financial safety net that Binc creates, commenting, “Booksellers are the heart and soul of the book industry. I’m honored to be part of a team that supports these individuals and
their families.” Kathy’s past work includes fundraising support for private and public educational institutions and directing the annual fund for a major nonprofit health care organization. Most recently, she was the development director for an Ann Arbor nonprofit that provides permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals and families. She holds a bachelor of science in Criminology and Sociology from Eastern Michigan University. Kathy resides with her husband in Saline, MI.

The American Psychological Association has appointed Aaron Wood as senior director of product management for its Office of Publications and Databases, charged with managing APA’s line of online electronic products and platforms and developing new solutions that meet the needs of psychologists.

Wood comes to the APA from Ingram Content Group, where he was in charge of product development for digital libraries and e-commerce capabilities. Before that, he was vice president of systems and data architecture at Alexander Street Press and associate director for collections and metadata services at University of Calgary Libraries

For decades, APA has published the leading journals, books and databases for behavioral scientists. In recent years, APA has expanded its offerings with PsycNET, the market-leading hosting platform, which is optimized for the psychological sciences. Earlier this year, APA launched PsycINFO Data Solutions and is preparing to launch another new solution this summer.

Wood has a master’s of library and information science from the University of Western Ontario.

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