ATG People in the News 9/4/16

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According to the Library of Congress Blog “Carla D. Hayden will be sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress in a historic ceremony in the Thomas Jefferson Building Wednesday, Sept. 14 at noon. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. The YouTube broadcast will be captioned.

The ceremony marks two milestones: Hayden will become the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Librarian of Congress. She plans to take the oath using a book, drawn from Library collections, with historic connections of its own: the Lincoln Bible…”

ALA News reports that Loida Garcia-Febo, International Library Consultant and President of Information New Wave in Brooklyn, New York, and Terri Grief, School Librarian at McCracken County High School in Paducah, Kentucky, are the candidates for the 2018-19 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).


Garcia-Febo has served on the ALA Council from 2011-present and was elected to the ALA Executive Board 2015–18. In addition, she has held numerous committee appointments within ALA including the Committee on Diversity, Intellectual Freedom Committee, and Nominating Committee; she has chaired the International Relations Committee, the Intellectual Freedom Round Table and the Committee on Membership meetings, and is currently the chair-elect of the International Relations Round Table…


An ALA member for 19 years, Grief served as the 2013-14 president of the American Association for School Librarians (AASL) and has been a member of ALA Council as the Kentucky chapter councilor (2003-05), AASL division councilor (2010-13), and councilor-at-large (2016-present). She served on the ALA Executive Board from 2005-09.

Her numerous ALA activities include serving as a member of the Committee on Literacy, Intellectual Freedom Committee, Nominating Committee, and chair of the Training, Orientation, and Leadership Development Committee. She has also served the AASL National Conference Committee in various capacities, including co-chair of the committee in 2011; she was the 1999-00 AASL Affiliate Assembly chair…”

ACRL Insider reports that “the team was selected after an open and competitive request for proposals to investigate and write a research agenda that provides an update on progress since the publication of ACRL’s 2010 Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report and examines important questions where more research is needed in areas critical to the higher education sector. The focus of the research agenda will be on institutional priorities for improved student learning and success (e.g., retention, persistence, degree completion)…

Project director Lynn Silipigni Connaway, senior research scientist at OCLC, is joined by team members William Harvey, consulting software engineer at OCLC, and Vanessa Kitzie and Stephanie Mikitish, both doctoral candidates in the Library and Information Science program at Rutgers University. The team will seek regular feedback from both ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee and an advisory group consisting of academic librarians at 12 institutions that include community colleges, 4-year colleges, and research universities from secular, non-secular, public, and private institutions representing the 4 geographical regions of the United States…”

ACRL announces its… lineup of keynote speakers for the ACRL 2017 Conference, “At the Helm: Leading Transformation,” to be held March 22 – 25, in Baltimore. Be challenged and inspired by ACRL’s three distinguished speakers, who also double as information designers, journalists, authors, social commentators, comic writers, and the 14th Librarian of Congress.

  • Opening Keynote, March 22, 2017 – David McCandless, Information Designer
  • Middle Keynote, March 23, 2017 – Roxane Gay, Author and Cultural Critic
  • Closing Keynote, March 25, 2017 – Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

KnowledgeSpeak reports thatThe Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers has announced Zoe Harris from Trinity Mirror will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 ALPSP Conference and Awards. Her presentation is entitled ‘What can scholarly publishing learn from what newspapers have been through and where they are going?’

Newspapers play an incredibly important role in public life and British society, but they are a challenged market. The industry is facing disruption. The changing shape of Britain is influencing content and the delivery of content. Join Zoe Harris on September 14, 2016, to find out how Trinity Mirror plc is determined to innovate to find ways to future proof their brands for future generations, and, how the world of scholarly publishing can learn from this…”

According to Library Technology GuidesDaShiell began her career in cultural heritage imaging at OCLC in 2002 as a Digital Production Manager, and was promoted to Senior Digital Project Manager in 2004. In 2009, OCLC’s Preservation Service Center in Bethlehem, PA was acquired by Backstage Library Works, and she became Vice President of Digitization Services.

“Joan has conducted more successful cultural heritage imaging projects than anyone I’ve ever met,” said Jim Studnicki, Creekside Digital’s President and founder. “Her level of experience and track record of success on large-scale, standards-compliant digitization efforts is unparalleled in our industry, and her presence here will be instrumental in ensuring Creekside Digital consistently delivers the highest quality services possible to our customers…”

Library Technology Guides also notes that “Kathy McCarthy has joined CERN spin-off TIND as Vice President of Partnership Development, effective September 1st, 2016. Previously employed at Innovative Interfaces as Business Director for California, McCarthy brings nearly eight years of library automation industry knowledge and customer relationship management experience. McCarthy is TIND’s first full-time U.S. hire.

McCarthy received a master’s degree in Library Science and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007…

McCarthy will spearhead the partnership expansion efforts for TIND, whose growing list of leading library innovation partners includes Olin College of Engineering, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Minnesota…”

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