ATG People in the News 9/11/17

Library Technology Guides reports that “EBSCO Industries, … announced Wednesday that Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer David Walker has been promoted to to Chief Executive Officer effect Sept. 1.

Walker succeeded Tim Collins, who will remain with the company as President of EBSCO Information Services, the largest of EBCSO’s businesses and a provider of information resources to libraries worldwide. Collins assumed the role in July 2014.

Walker is a graduate of Auburn University who first joined EBSCO in 2000 as the General Manager of Military Service Company, EBSCO’s original business. In 2001, Walker became EBSCO’s first Mergers and Acquisitions Manager. In 2010, he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer, and four years later became Chief Operating Officer…”


infoDOCKET reports that “Wanda Brown, Director of Library Services at the C.G. O’Kelly Library, Winston-Salem State University, Winston Salem, North Carolina, and Peter Hepburn, Head Librarian, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California, are the candidates for the 2019-20 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Wanda Brown

Brown has been an ALA member for 30 years and is an active member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Libraries Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). She has held multiple leadership positions within each division

Brown has held numerous positions with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) including her current service as treasurer (2016-2018) and service as president (2014-16), treasurer (1992-96) and two terms as an Executive Board member (2001-03, 2014-16). She was the 2011-13 president of the North Carolina Library Association and has held various other positions with NCLA, including treasurer (1991-98) and he 2005-09 chair of the Finance Committee…

Peter Hepburn

An ALA member for 17 years, Hepburn just completed a term on the ALA Executive Board (2014-17) and has served on the ALA Council from 2010 – present. He has served on numerous ALA Committees and task forces, including the Budget, Analysis and Review Committee (BARC), Committee on Membership Meetings, Committee on Committees, Conference Committee, and Election Committee. He just finished serving as chair of the Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation and served on the Task Force on Electronic Member Participation.

Hepburn has also held various leadership positions within the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT), and the New Members Round Table (NMRT).

He has been a frequent presenter at state, regional, national and international conferences where he has spoken on digital projects, collaboration in libraries, and accreditation…”


Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar has been appointed as the Library Director of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. He was the Acting Director and Manager of Collections and Information Service and has been working with award winning KAUST Library since its start-up in 2009. Dr. Vijayakumar has 17 years of continuously progressing and highly responsible leadership experiences from health science, scientific and technological libraries in the Middle East, the Americas and India. KAUST Library is an Institutional Member of UKSG.


The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce that Mauricio Giraldo has joined its growing staff as Principal Interaction Designer, as of September 5, 2017.

In this role, Mauricio will work with Director for Technology, Michael Della Bitta, the Technology team, and DPLA’s staff and network of providers to bring his unique talent in design and implementation of interactive systems to DPLA’s aggregation of cultural heritage resources.

“We are excited to have Mauricio join the DPLA Technology team,” said Michael Della Bitta, Director for Technology. “Mauricio’s experience and expertise in design and development of interactive digital experiences make him an excellent choice to join the team as we move to a richer, more engaging, and more useful DPLA.”


ARL News reports that “to honor the memory and extend the legacy of longtime staff member Julia Blixrud, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) established in 2015 the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, which supports the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the Fall Forum, held in Washington, DC, each year. This scholarship is supported by generous donations to the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Fund.

The 2017 recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship is Giao Luong Baker, strategic digital initiatives librarian at the University of Southern California (USC). She facilitates partnerships with researchers, libraries, and archives to develop digital collections for the USC Libraries, which dovetails with this year’s ARL and CNI Fall Forum theme of “Libraries and the Research Enterprise.” Prior to her current position, Baker worked for over a decade as a staff member managing digitization projects for inclusion in the USC Digital Library, an online resource dedicated to furthering research, teaching, and learning…


Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Alisa Holahan will serve as a Research Associate in its Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). In that role, Alisa will provide policy research assistance on copyright, telecommunications and E-rate and other issues within the OITP portfolio.

Alisa just completed her term as ALA’s Google Policy Fellow for 2017, during which she explored copyright, telecommunications (especially the E-rate program) and other policy topics. Other activities as a fellow ranged from attending briefings on Capitol Hill to meeting with librarians from Kazakhstan. Google pays the summer stipends for the fellows and the respective host organizations determine the fellows’ work agendas.

During her fellow tenure, Alisa publishedLessons From History: The Copyright Office Belongs in the Library of Congress,” a report that explains how Congress repeatedly has considered the best locus for the U.S. Copyright Office and consistently reaffirmed that the Library of Congress is its most effective and efficient home. She also completed background research on the stakeholders and influencers of the E-rate program and prospective champions we may wish to cultivate…”


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Morris as humanities research and digital instruction librarian, effective September 1.

In this position, Sarah will offer innovative instruction and course development support, and will deepen engagement with scholars and learners across many disciplines. In collaboration with the UNC Libraries Research Hub staff, subject librarians, and faculty members, she will work to incorporate digital projects in teaching and learning. Sarah will also provide research consultations and instruction for both traditional and digital humanities research.

Prior to this appointment, Sarah worked as research and instruction librarian at the Skillman Library at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. She holds an M.S.L.S. from the UNC School of Information and Library Science and a B.A. in comparative literature, with highest distinction and highest honors, from UNC…”

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