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ATG People in the News 6/20/17

infoDOCKET reports that “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Tony Bennett is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Tony Bennett is not just an artist for the ages, but an artist for all ages.

His interpretations and re-interpretations have introduced new generations to the Great American Songbook. He is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in seven consecutive decades, beginning in the 1950s through the 2010s. Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday on Aug. 3, and the milestone was highlighted with the broadcast of a television special, the release of a new CD and book and the lighting of the Empire State Building honoring his musical legacy…

Bennett will receive the prize in Washington, D.C., in November. The Gershwin Prize honors a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. Previous recipients are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson and Smokey Robinson.


Ms Verheusen was appointed to the post of LIBER Interim Executive Director on 15 March 2017, and she is working full-time in the LIBER Office.Educated in The Netherlands, Ms Verheusen has an MA in History from Leiden University, where she also undertook postgraduate studies. She also participated in LIBER’s ‘Emerging Leaders’ programme in 2011-2012.Ms Verheusen has held a number of posts in the National Library of The Netherlands, most recently as Head of the Innovative Projects Department. She has extensive experience of collaborative projects and of working with EU Projects, and she has also headed up the National Library’s Digital Preservation and Digitisation Departments, as well as holding senior posts in IT and on the Library’s Digital Library Programme. Before joining the National Library, Ms Verheusen worked as a researcher in the Institute for Dutch History, and with SDU Publishers.”


According to infoDOCKET “in September 2017, UBC will welcome Susan E. Parker as University Librarian for a five-year term. Ms. Parker currently holds the role of Deputy University Librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles where she leads operations, human resources, assessment, budgeting, strategic planning, capital project planning and fundraising.

Ms. Parker will take over leadership of UBC Library at a pivotal time as the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan comes to a close and the library develops new strategic priorities in alignment with UBC’s new strategic plan. At UCLA, Ms. Parker led the processes behind the library’s strategic plans for 2006-2009 and 2012-2019.

Ms. Parker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and American Literature, a Master of Arts in History, and a Master of Library Science with a specialization in academic librarianship. Her research interests include leadership in academic libraries and higher education, organization theory, and the concept of “credible optimism” emphasizing the importance of positivity in the pursuit of realistic and sustainable goals…”


Library Technology Guides reports that “Clarivate Analytics, …, today announced that Julia Mair has joined the company as its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)…

Mair brings to the company deep expertise in creating and executing high-impact global marketing strategies. With her customer-first philosophy, Mair has spent her career building global businesses through data-driven, technology-enabled marketing and sales strategies – from content marketing and strategic segmentation to customer experience optimization. She will be based in the Philadelphia office and be a member of the Executive Leadership Team…

Prior to joining Clarivate Analytics, Mair was CMO at Sterling Talent Solutions, and was instrumental in successfully rebranding the company, transforming all aspects of marketing, including digital and social, demand generation and client loyalty and retention programs. Prior to this, she was VP, Consumer Marketing & Circulation at The Wall Street Journal, and led acquisition and activation programs across multiple markets. Mair also held marketing roles at information services organizations including FACTIVA, Dow Jones and LexisNexis.”


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program selection committee has accepted four master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the competitive diversity fellowship program. The ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, funded by a generous grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services and by ARL members, strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce.

Each 2017–2019 Mosaic Program fellow will participate in a one-year, paid internship with the special collections and/or archives at an ARL member institution. This cohort will begin their fellowships in fall 2017 and will participate in the 14th Annual ARL Leadership Symposium in February 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The fellows will also attend the 2018 ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum, to be held at the SAA Annual Meeting in August 2018 in Washington, DC

The 2017–2019 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program fellows are:

  • Nadia Clifton, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill
    Internship host institution: UNC at Chapel Hill Libraries/Wilson Special Collections Library
  • Sandra Delaney, Simmons College
    Internship host institution: The George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation
  • Julie Park, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    Internship host institution: UCLA Library Special Collections/Clark Library
  • Ashlynn Prasad, University of British Columbia (UBC)
    Internship host institution: UBC Rare Books and Special Collections and the University Archives

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