ATG People in the News 3/15/17

According to ALA News “Wayne A. Wiegand, author and  F. William Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University, was selected as the 2017 winner of the Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award, administered by the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Wiegand was selected for his outstanding project proposal. His research promises to fill a significant gap in the history of public school libraries and to draw much-needed attention to an institution that, as Wiegand puts it, “boasts a rich history of service to tens of thousands of schoolteachers and administrators and millions of K-12 users of both sexes, all creeds, races, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and social classes.” Wiegand is also author of Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library (Oxford University Press, 2015), past president of the Friends of the Florida State University Libraries and Florida Book Awards co-founder.

The award, sponsored by Gale, a Cengage company, consists of $2,500 to assist with research expenses. Wiegand will be honored at the RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception held from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. All conference attendees are invited to the event. Additional event details will be available on the conference website in April…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Michele Salzman, professor of ancient Mediterranean history, has been named an associate editor of a new journal, Studies in Late Antiquity, published by the University of California Press. The digital journal, which recently published its inaugural edition, will feature original scholarship, book reviews, and exhibit reviews on a wide range of topics pertaining to the world of Late Antiquity (150 – 750 CE)…”


According to Library Technology Guides  “OCLC has appointed Monika Sengul-Jones as Wikipedian-in-Residence for Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together, a project led by OCLC’s WebJunction program. Sengul-Jones will work with WebJunction to design and deliver an online training program that will introduce U.S. public librarians to the innerworkings of Wikipedia this fall. The training will enable librarians to edit Wikipedia, guide patrons in its use and lead local Wikipedia-based community engagement programs with confidence. In her role, Sengul-Jones will also foster connections between public librarians and Wikipedia’s volunteer editor community…”


infoDOCKET provides a link to an interview with Dan Garry that was recently posted on the Wikimedia Blog.

From the Introduction to the Interview:

The Discovery Department is responsible for ensuring that visitors searching for terms in different languages wind up on the correct results page, and for continually improving the ways in which search results are displayed.

Dan Garry leads the Backend Search team which maintains and enhances search features and APIs and improves search result relevance for Wikimedia wikis. He and his team have a public dashboard where they can monitor and analyze the impact of their efforts. Yet, they do much of their work without knowing who is searching for what—Wikipedia collects very little information about users, and doesn’t connect search data to other data like page views or browsing habits.


According to Library Technology Guides”EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has welcomed Holley Dumble as Vice President of Sales for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Ms. Dumble will lead the sales teams in Australia and New Zealand and bring her experience as a sales leader to further expand EBSCO’s presence in the territory.

Qualified in library and information management, Ms. Dumble has considerable experience in a variety of sales, technical and customer service roles within libraries and library system vendors such as Civica, Sirsi and Ex Libris. Since 2016, she has pursued her interests in entrepreneurship and innovation, co-founding the Biblio Insights consulting firm, which has a specific focus on working with libraries on their strategic planning for library technology platforms and new service models.

Ms. Dumble will work with the current sales team to define and drive new sales and market strategies and initiatives to position all EBSCO products and services across academic and medical institutions, government agencies, corporations, schools and public libraries…”

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