IMLS-logoDistrict Dispatch reports that “this week, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Kathryn Matthew to serve as the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Dr. Kathryn Matthew is currently the chief science educator at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, a position she has held since 2014. She was a principal consultant and a product manager at Blackbaud, Inc. from 2008 to 2013, a director at Historic Charleston Foundation from 2006 to 2008, and an exhibits consultant at Chemical Heritage Foundation from 2005 to 2006.

Previously, Dr. Matthew was vice president at Please Touch Museum from 2003 to 2005 and a director at The Nature Conservancy from 2001 to 2002. She was a director at Reebok International from 1998 to 2001. Dr. Matthew also held senior positions at various museums, including a director at Science City at Union Station from 1996 to 1998, executive director at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science from 1991 to 1994, deputy director at the Virginia Museum of Natural History from 1988 to 1990, and an assistant director at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History from 1986 to 1988. Dr. Matthew received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.”

ALANews reports that “the American Library Association (ALA) has awarded Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) the 2015 James Madison Award during the 17th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The James Madison Award honors individuals who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know how it functions.

Since taking office in 2002, Sen. Cornyn has led congressional efforts to improve the public’s access to government information. In 2007, he co-sponsored the OPEN Government Act, which reformed the Freedom of Information Act and created the Office of Government Information Services (GIS). Earlier this year, Sen. Cornyn introduced the FOIA Improvement Act of 2015, which would strengthen the GIS and would require that records be released unless there is foreseeable harm or a legal requirement to withhold them.

Senator Cornyn also has been active in the fight to make federally-funded research accessible to the public. As co-sponsors of both the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FACTA) and the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2013 (FASTR), Sen. Cornyn has spearheaded efforts to give Americans open access to taxpayer-funded research and to achieve the social and economic progress for which such access is a necessity…

Katherine C. Chandler ALANews also reports that “Katharine C. Chandler, reference librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book Department, has been selected to receive the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) / Slavic and East European Section (SEES) De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for her project “Whimsical Penwork: The Carthusian Graduals of the Chartreuse de Champmol.”

Sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research, the grant provides €2,500 to support a trip to Europe. The primary criterion for awarding the grant is the significance and utility of the proposed project as a contribution to the study of the acquisition, organization or use of library resources from or relating to Europe.

Chandler will receive the award check during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Chandler’s project will investigate fifteenth century manuscripts in Paris and Dijon, France, in order to contribute to knowledge of monastic scribal activity in the later Middle Ages in Europe, and to a better understanding of monastic choir functions in the later Middle Age. This research will result in a paper…”


And lastly ALANews reports that “Melinda Beland, Angie Cox, Melissa Gevaert, Anna Hollingsworth and Linda McLaury, all members of the Comic Con Committee at the University of Northern Iowa’s Rod Library, have been named the 2015 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) Innovation in College Librarianship Award for their work on the RodCon 2015 program.

This annual award honors ALA members who have demonstrated a capacity for innovation in their work with undergraduates, instructors and/or the library community.

Their award will be presented during the CLS program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The Rod Library RodCon brought faculty, staff and community members into the library for a day of programs and events, including lectures covering a variety of disciplines from Gender Studies to Communication, inspired by the growing role of graphic novels in the curriculum. Students also presented, with a number of student groups involved in the costume contest and other events…