ATG People in the News 2/6/17

The Hub reports that “Kathleen Keane, who has served as director of the Johns Hopkins University Press since 2004 and led its transition into the digital publishing age, will retire on April 14.

In a letter to the Johns Hopkins community announcing the retirement today, JHU Provost Sunil Kumar expressed deep gratitude for Keane’s “strong and steady stewardship” and outstanding leadership of America’s oldest academic press…

Keane joined the JHU Press in 2002 as its director of finance and operations. She was appointed interim director two years later and subsequently named director.

Founded in 1878, the JHU Press is home to the largest journal publication program of any U.S.-based university press. With critically acclaimed titles in many subject areas, the Books Division publishes 150 new books each year and maintains a backlist in excess of 3,000 titles.

Keane led an editorial effort to acquire research-based, peer-reviewed books for audiences ranging from specialist scholars to students and general readers. In recent years, the Press has expanded its publishing in literature and the humanities, history and politics, higher education, health, and the life sciences. Examples of notable books include Michael Burlingame’s Abraham Lincoln: A Life; Martin Wolf’s Fixing Global Finance; James R. Spotila’s Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation; C. Fraser Smith’s Here Lies Jim Crow; and Ziya L. Gokaslan and Lee Hunter Riley’s The Back Book…”


According to this press release “Chicago Collections, a consortium of libraries, museums, and other institutions with archives, has appointed Jeanne Long as Executive Director effective February 6, 2017. Long succeeds the organization’s first Executive Director Jaclyn Grahl. “I am honored to have been selected as the Executive Director for Chicago Collections,” said Long. “Through the hard work of my predecessor, Jaclyn Grahl, and the Chicago Collections Board and Committee members, the consortium is positioned for great success. It is my goal to further the organization’s success by promoting Chicago’s rich history and attracting even more users to its incredible research tool.”

Long comes to Chicago Collections after an extensive 31 year career at the Art Institute and the School of the Art Institute (SAIC). While at SAIC, Ms. Long served as Director of Committee Partnership where she oversaw strategic programming that highlighted the work of students and alumni. Directing SAIC’s “Creativity in the Workplace” program, Long placed over 1,500 works of art by students in corporate and civic settings across the Chicago region. Mostly recently Long served as Director of Program and Outreach for Imerman Angels, the nation’s largest one on one cancer support organization. Long, who resides in Western Springs, received her B.A. in Art History from Trinity College, Washington, D.C…”


According to KnowledgeSpeakVirginia Steel, the Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian at UCLA, has been elected to the position of Chair of the SPARC Steering Committee. Steel has served as member of the Committee, which provides strategic advice and guidance to the SPARC staff, since 2015. Steel brings a unique perspective to the Chair position, informed by working with a variety of libraries ranging from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to Washington State University to the University of California at Santa Cruz…”


Central Michigan Life reports that “Jeff Luzius will take over for interim dean Kathy Irwin on March 1. He is a United States Air Force veteran and the current CEO of the Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center at Maxwell Air Force Base in AlabamaLuzius was also an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama and has served in a variety of library positions at Gadsden State Community College, Auburn University and Troy University

A Battle Creek native, Luzius said he was fortunate to grow up with a beautiful public library nearby. In college, he worked part-time at an academic library and realized that he enjoyed the job enough to make it into a career…

The dean of Libraries is responsible for running the Central Michigan University library system throughout the state and country.

Academic libraries are facing several challenges, Luzius said. There are budget cuts, changes in how students use libraries and the rapid change that comes with technological advancement.

Luzius said academic libraries will have to focus on balancing between print and electronic collections while managing limited physical space. He said he will also focus on students’ desire to use libraries as collaborative space.


According to KnowledgeSpeakKathrin Grün has been appointed Head of PR and Communications at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, effective February 1, 2017. She will now be responsible for external corporate communications and product communication at national and international levels, and for positioning the company in the public eye. In her new position, Kathrin will report to Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications at Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Kathrin Grün has worked at the Frankfurter Buchmesse since 2009, looking after the integrated communication of the fair’s activities abroad, its B2B services and professional topics. Following her studies of American literature, contemporary German literature and comparative studies in Bonn, Germany, and in Mississippi, USA, she gained work experience with Farrar Straus & Giroux, Lettre International, Carl Hanser Verlag and Beltz & Gelberg. Kathrin Grün then took up the position of Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of the German book trade magazine, Börsenblatt für den Deutschen Buchhandel. She followed this with placements as press officer with the Deutsches Filmmuseum and Deutsches Filminstitut in Frankfurt am Main, and as press spokesperson for White Star Verlag in Wiesbaden…”

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