ATG People in the News 8/23/16

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ALA News reports that “the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces its celebrated lineup of keynote speakers for the ACRL 2017 Conference, “At the Helm: Leading Transformation,” to be held March 22 – 25, in Baltimore…

Opening Keynote, March 22, 2017 – David McCandless, Information Designer

David McCandless is a British data-journalist, author and information designer. He creates stunning infographics that explore new directions for journalism and discover new stories among the vast amount of data surrounding us. His three books  – The Visual Miscellaneum, Knowledge is Beautiful, and Information is Beautiful – along with his blog help people visualize captivating and intriguing patterns and connections across economics, philosophy, art, science, health and pop culture…

Middle Keynote, March 23, 2017 – Roxane Gay, Author and Cultural Critic

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is widely revered for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. Her work garners international acclaim for her deft eye on modern culture and for the signature wit and ferocity of her critiques. She is the author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist and the forthcoming Difficult Women and Hunger, to be published in 2017. An Untamed State, Gay’s novel about a kidnapped Haitian-American woman, is currently being adapted for film…

Closing Keynote, March 25, 2017 – Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

carla[1]Carla Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress (incumbent). She will become the first woman and first African-American to fill the post. After graduating from Roosevelt University and receiving her master’s and doctorate degrees in Library Science from the University of Chicago, she began her career as a children’s librarian at the Chicago Public Library. In 1993 she was appointed the director at Enoch Pratt Free Library. She was honored as the national Librarian of the Year by Library Journal in 1995 after she created an outreach program for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling…

According to KnowledgeSpeakMelissa Ceraso has been named editor in mathematics and the natural sciences, and Jason Simon has been named senior web developer for Choice, effective immediately. Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, is the publisher of Choice, the premier source for reviews of new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries…”

St John’s University in New York reports that “a high-achieving alumna of the Library and Information Science graduate program … Katelyn Angell ‘09MLS, along with her co-author Eamon Tewell, won the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research from the American Library Association’s (ALA) Library Research Round Table (LRRT) for her article, “Far From a Trivial Pursuit: Assessing the Effectiveness of Games in Information Literacy Instruction(Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 10.1, 2015).

In the article, Angell and Tewell examine the relationship between library-related online games during literacy instruction and students’ performance on research practices, including identifying citation types and keyword and synonym development. The LRRT reviewers praised the article’s “clarity in limiting and defining research boundaries, and providing in-depth reflection on methodological strengths and weaknesses. The paper is exemplary, providing significant findings for information literacy instruction…”

According to infoDOCKET “Kate Zwaard, since 2011 the product manager for digital repository development in the Library of Congress, has been named the Library’s chief of National Digital Initiatives, effective Aug. 22…

Zwaard said the office will seek to establish new partnerships with libraries and other cultural agencies to explore innovative uses of the Library’s extensive digital collections, such as facilitating research using large-scale data collections, and welcome new audiences.

“We will be hosting an event in September, ‘Collections as Data,’” she said. “It’s about sharing best practices and learning from others in the community about how we can support the emerging fields of digital humanities and digital scholarship.”

Currently, most online users of the Library’s resources explore the materials one item at a time, she noted, but some research calls for “mining” large collections. National Digital Initiatives will work closely with fellows and researchers in the Library’s Kluge Center for Scholars to enable digital-resource research, she said, and explore other options for such use.”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has expanded its Software as a Service (SaaS) Team, hiring Andrew Nagy as Director of SaaS Innovation. In this role, Nagy will work directly with libraries to help support the growth and development of the open source FOLIO Library Services Platform and the EBSCO SaaS portfolio. With his background in open source software, Nagy will continue to champion open source software in libraries.

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