ATG People in the News 9/30/16

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ALA News reports that American Library Association Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels has announced “that he will retire in July 2017.

Fiels has led ALA since 2002, making him one of the longest-serving executive directors in the Association’s history.

Before he came to ALA, Fiels was director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for 10 years. He also served as president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and staff consultant for the New York and New Jersey State Libraries.

Under Fiels’s leadership, the Association launched several initiatives, including the Office for Library Advocacy and the Center for the Future of Libraries; expanded its publishing division; increased community engagement; and expanded its professional development programs.

In announcing his retirement to ALA staff, Fiels said, “It has been an incredible honor to have served my colleagues, libraries, and the public in this position for going on 15 years, during which we have made significant strides—and weathered a few storms. The staff and membership of ALA are the most amazing group of individuals that anyone could ever ask to work with.”

ALA President Julie B. Todaro and the other officers have been working with Fiels to ensure a smooth transition and expect the selection process for the next executive director to take through next summer. “Over the next couple of weeks, I will be providing everyone with an update on the process by which the Board will work with Council, membership, and staff to select our next executive director. We will keep everyone well informed as we move ahead,” Fiels said…”

According to ARL News “Mary M. Case, university librarian and dean of libraries at University of Illinois at Chicago, began a one-year term as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, during the Association’s Fall 2016 Meeting in Washington, DC. Case succeeds Larry Alford, chief librarian at University of Toronto, as ARL president. Alford continues to serve as a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee as past president.

Also on September 28, the Association’s membership ratified the Board’s election of Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly dean of River Campus Libraries at University of Rochester, as ARL vice president/president-elect.

Three new Board members were elected by the membership to serve three-year terms: Constantia Constantinou, dean of University Libraries, Stony Brook University; Diane Parr Walker, the Edward H. Arnold university librarian, University of Notre Dame; and Leslie Weir, university librarian, University of Ottawa.

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Open access journal publisher PLOS has announced the appointment of Dr. Joerg Heber as Editor-in-Chief of PLOS ONE. Heber will be responsible for setting the editorial course of the journal and continue its mission of improving scholarly communication. His appointment is effective November 21, 2016.

Also according to KnowledgeSpeak “The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has announced the appointment of Dr. Bruce R. Korf as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG), published by Cell Press. Dr. Korf’s term will begin in January 2018. The current Editor-in-Chief, David L. Nelson, PhD, will end his tenure in December 2017.

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