infoDOCKET reports that “Valerie Hotchkiss, … has been named university librarian at Vanderbilt.
Hotchkiss, who will begin her new appointment Aug. 1, is the Andrew S.G. Turyn Endowed Professor and director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For the past decade, she has managed one of the largest collections in the United States. She is also a professor of medieval studies and library science, with a strong interest in the cultural significance of libraries.
Hotchkiss will serve as the executive administrator of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, with responsibility for nine divisional libraries: Central Library, Special Collections and University Archives, Peabody Library, Divinity Library, Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, Walker Management Library, Anne Potter Wilson Music Library,Sarah Shannon Stevenson Science and Engineering Library, and the Eskind Biomedical Library. She also will oversee the Television News Archive. Her responsibilities will include collection acquisition and development, budgeting, staff, external partnerships, and strategic planning, among other duties…”
Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today the appointment of Laurence Brewer as the new Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government, effective May 1, 2016.
In this position, Brewer will work directly with agencies to improve records management across the federal government and promote the goals of the Managing Government Records Directive (M-12-18).
“Laurence’s experience in records management and commitment to open government will serve him well in administering the responsibilities of the Chief Records Officer position,” Ferriero said in making the announcement.
Brewer has been acting Chief Records Officer since October 2015. He joined the National Archives and Records Administration in 1999 as an appraisal archivist and later worked as an electronic records policy analyst.
His management experience within the National Archives includes serving as Director of the Life Cycle Management Division and as Director of the Records Management Operations Program. In these positions, Laurence was responsible for overseeing the scheduling and appraisal of Federal records; developing records management regulations and guidance; supporting records management training for employees across the Federal Government; and evaluating the effectiveness of records management programs in agencies…”
The President of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), Anne Houston, has appointed Celia Ross, Associate Librarian at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan as Vendor Relations Liaison.
The Vendor Relations Liaison’s role is to facilitate communication between RUSA, including its staff, members, committees, sections and Executive Board, and database providers, publishers and other research resource vendors in order to ensure the continued support of RUSA’s awards, events, learning opportunities and strategic plan. The Liaison will also work to highlight the value and impact produced by this collaboration.
“Celia has had a direct impact on the professional development of many librarians, drawing them into business reference services and research. Celia is the ideal candidate for this position in that she has been one of RUSA’s greatest assets in advocating for our profession, creating and maintaining relationships with industry vendors and securing sponsorships for many of RUSA’s awards and events. Her rapport within and without the library community goes unmatched and we are beyond excited to have her as the face of our vendor relations liaison,” said RUSA President, Anne Houston…”
GalleyCat reports that “Jan Constantine is leaving her post as general counsel at The Author’s Guild on April 29.
Constantine began working for the Guild on October 2, 2005, a week after the guild filed its landmark lawsuit against Google. What was supposed to be a two day job, turned into more than ten years. This week, the Supreme Court declined The Author’s Guild’s appeal to overturn the judgement in favor of Google’s book scanning.
“Now that the Google case is over,” Constantine told the Authors Guild council yesterday, “my work is done here. It has been a pleasure providing legal services which, outside the Guild, are either not available or very expensive.”
KnowledgeSpeak notes that “Kudos, a service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced the appointment of Jason De Boer in the role of Publisher Sales Manager. Jason brings a range of valuable experience from past roles with publishers including McGraw Hill, Harcourt Academic and, most recently, Elsevier. He has also worked with service providers including Thomson Learning and OCLC, giving him a useful understanding of the technology and metrics shaping scholarly communications today.
Jason will take responsibility for the continued success of Kudos for Publishers, which provides a central and actionable view onto how and where authors communicate around their work, and to what effect. This enables publishers to understand and amplify the role that authors play in building the visibility and usage of their work…”