ATG People in the News 1/23/18

The University Libraries (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nathan Kelber as digital scholarship specialist, effective January 8.

Photograph of Nathan Kelber, Digital Scholarship Specialist

Nathan Kelber, Digital Scholarship Specialist

As part of the Digital Research Services team, Nathan will provide technical expertise for digital scholarship projects and will work with researchers who wish to use library collections in innovative ways, such as online exhibits, digital mapping, and text mining. He will identify emerging trends and campus needs regarding digital scholarship and will help develop forward-looking services in these areas.

Nathan will work closely with other campus units that support digital scholarship, including the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative and the Digital Innovation Lab.

Prior to this appointment, Nathan worked as manager of digital projects at the Detroit Historical Society in Detroit, Michigan, and previously as an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.

Nathan holds a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in digital humanities from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland; an M.A. in English with a concentration in textual criticism from Loyola University Chicago; and a B.S. in English and mathematics from Eastern Michigan University.


According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Board of Directors of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) has announced the re-appointment of Clare Appavoo as the organisation’s Executive Director for a further five year term, effective January 1, 2018.

Since joining CRKN in December 2012, Clare has proven to be a strong leader, with a deep knowledge of the library sector, leveraging her ability to create and maintain relationships within the consortia and in the broader library and heritage sectors.

During her first term as Executive Director, Clare lead the organisation through the development and extension of a strategic plan with a new focus on collaboration to advance digital scholarship. Under her direction, CRKN has increased collaboration both nationally and internationally; developing the CRKN-Érudit partnership, the Canadiana Heritage project, developing the Canadian National Digital Heritage Index (CNDHI), collaborating to develop ORCID-CA, and participating in the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure. Demonstrating an innovative approach and openness to new opportunities has led to the participation with other organisations on the Library and Archives Canada lead National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS), which looks to a future of improved access to, and creation of, digital heritage resources in Canada. Clare has also helped to increase CRKN’s profile internationally particularly through CRKN’s participation in SCOAP3 and through her participation as Chair of the Executive Committee of SCOAP3…”


Bookseller reports that “academic and policy expert Richard Fisher has been named the vice chair of the board of trustees at Yale University Press London. Meanwhile, historian and curator Tim Knox has been appointed to the board.

Fisher was formerly managing director of academic publishing at Cambridge University Press, and is a non-executive director of Edinburgh University Press. He is a fellow and vice-president of the Royal Historical Society, and academic and policy correspondent of the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG), for which he writes a monthly blog on academic publishing issues.

Fisher replaces Francis Bennett, who last month completed his statutory eight years as vice chair and retired. During his career as a general publisher, Bennett was managing director of W H Allen, Sphere Books and group managing director of Thomson Books before becoming co-founder and managing director of Book Data, the bibliographic agency that pioneered full title information…”

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