ATG People in the News 7/26/16

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Penn State News reports that “since 2012, Penn State Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Ellysa Stern Cahoy has studied the scholarly research workflow, in collaboration with Smiljana Antonijevic Ubois, an anthropologist with a focus on digital humanities, and Penn State librarians John Meier and Eric Novotny. The research is funded with an initial $143,000 grant and a subsequent $440,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“As researchers, we have explored how users manage their scholarly research activities online, identifying areas of challenge and opportunity for libraries and software providers,” Cahoy said.

Their exploratory project aims to bring a library’s scholarly resources into the research stream of the user without the user explicitly visiting a library website or other library-affiliated page. Through projects like this, the Penn State University Libraries continue to move forward with efforts to bring information directly to their users, wherever they conduct scholarly research online…”

The Bookseller reports that “Simon Ross, formerly Cambridge University Press’s deputy managing director for academic publishing as well as CUP global business development director, has been appointed as the new c.e.o. of Manchester University Press.

Ross [pictured] replaces Frances Pinter, who is stepping down after completing a planned three years at the MUP helm. He takes up the role on 1st August.

Professor Alistair Ulph, chair of the MUP Board, said he was “delighted” by Ross’s arrival. “He is an outstanding appointment, who brings a clear vision for how he wishes to grow and diversify the range of outputs MUP will offer, backed by a judicious programme of investment,” he commented. “This will build on the transformational work undertaken by Frances Pinter to equip MUP with the business systems and people skills needed to deal with a world of rapid and radical changes in academic publishing, for which the Board is very grateful.”

Ross, was also previously managing director of Cambridge Journals, CUP’s global journals business. Prior to that he worked in senior management and editorial roles at the Times Publishing Group, Pearson Education, Sage Publications and Kluwer Academic Publishers…”

The online version of The Atlantic features an article which puts the focus on “librarians like Theresa Quill” who are exploring ways to make their jobs newly relevant.”

The article goes on to note that “many librarians have forgone bookkeeping and cataloging for specializing in multimedia and taking on research – and technology- oriented projects such as digitizing archives.” Ms. Quill’s work as “a research librarian at Indiana University, Bloomington” where she “specializes in the relationship between geography and cultural behavior, and digital mapping” is highlighted. The article features an interview with Ms. Quill “about what it’s like to be a modern-day librarian, and how the job has changed since the days of dial-up internet…” 

The Association of Research Libraries and the conference planning committee have awarded 10 outstanding individuals travel awards to attend the 2016 Library Assessment Conference in Arlington, Virginia, on October 31–November 2.

The Library Assessment Conference Travel Awards are offered to students and early-career professionals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have demonstrated a strong interest in assessment and have the potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies…

The 2016 Library Assessment Conference Travel Award recipients are:

Kawanna M. Bright, PhD Student in Research Methods & Statistics and Graduate Assistant, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Denver

Enrique Caboverde III, Master of Library and Information Science Student, Kent State University, and Library Associate, Technical Services, Florida International University

Richard M. Cho, Master of Library and Information Science Student and Teaching Assistant, University of California, Los Angeles

Hoan-Vu Do, Master of Archives and Records Administration Student, San José State University, and Web Librarian, San Diego Public Library

Linda Aurora Garcia, Access Services Specialist, University of Washington

Jennifer H. Gibson, Reference Librarian, Jefferson College

Vanissa Gosserand, Reference/User Services Librarian, Southern University and A&M College

Don P. Jason III, Clinical Informationist/Assistant Librarian, University of Cincinnati

Genny Jon, Science Librarian, York University

Sofia Leung, Learning Studio Librarian, University of Kansas…”

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