ATG People in the News 7/16/16


According to infoDOCKET Susanne Mehrer, the deputy librarian of Cambridge University Library in Cambridge, England, has been named Dartmouth’s dean of libraries. She will begin the role on Dec. 1, 2016.

Dartmouth’s library is the lifeblood of our liberal arts mission—the treasured archive of our past and a crucial partner in the creation of the knowledge of the future,” says President Phil Hanlon ’77. “Sue Mehrer brings not only deep experience, but the right mix of strategic vision, collaborative leadership, and innovative service to expand the library’s reach throughout campus and beyond. I’m delighted to welcome her to the Dartmouth community.”

“It is such an honor and privilege to have been appointed as the dean of libraries,” says Mehrer. “I am thrilled to be joining Dartmouth at this exciting time and look forward to partnering with its excellent library staff, students, and faculty to continue developing outstanding library services, collections, and facilities for the Dartmouth academic community.”

Mehrer will oversee Dartmouth’s nine libraries, a professional and support staff of about 170, and a collection of nearly 3.4 million volumes, both physical and online. The libraries serve students and faculty throughout the College, professional schools, and the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. Nearly 300,000 volumes circulate each year, and the central Baker-Berry Library complex has as many as 10,000 visits a day…”

ALA Neal-Schuman’s Michéle Valerie Cloonan is the 2016 winner of the prestigious Preservation Publication Award from the Society of American Archivists. Her edited collection Preserving our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age draws on a multitude of historical texts to offer insightful context and commentary on each facet of preservation.

Dive into the anthology dubbed “immensely useful and revealing” (Journal of Western Archives) and “a wonderful contribution to the preservation literature” (Technical Services Quarterly) with a special discount…

You can also catch Cloonan discussing preservation in the first episode of American Libraries’ podcast, Dewey Decibel: “Preservation: If You Don’t Have the Keepers, You Don’t Have the History.”…”

The DPLA Blog notes that “on July 1, 2016, the Digital Public Library of America had several transitions on its Board of Directors. Two of our original board members rotated off the board at the end of their second terms, and two new board members joined in their stead. We wish to salute the critical roles that Paul Courant and Laura DeBonis played in our young organization, and give a warm welcome to Denise Stephens and Mary Minow as we continue to mature…”

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