ATG People in the News 11/17/16

by | Nov 17, 2016 | 0 comments


Library Technology Guides reports that “the Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce that Michael Della Bitta has been named Director of Technology…

As DPLA’s Director of Technology, Michael will work with the Technology team to improve the design, implementation, and improvement of DPLA’s core infrastructure, user-facing applications, and back-end systems. Michael will also continue to cultivate and develop the culture and values of the DPLA Technology team and the larger organization and support the philosophy of open source, shared, and community-built software, frameworks, and technologies.

Michael joined DPLA’s team in September 2016 as Developer for Data and Usage Analytics, playing a key role in improving data ingestion systems and working in close collaboration with the Tech team led by Interim Director of Technology Mark Breedlove…

Prior to joining DPLA, Michael worked in software development, publications, and in the startup, library, and education spaces for nearly twenty years. Michael most recently worked as the engineering manager at the content marketing company ScribbleLive. Prior to that, Michael worked as a developer and architect on the repository and Digital Gallery teams at The New York Public Library, and built content management, online learning, and semantic metadata applications at Columbia University. Michael holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Bates College.”

Also according to Library Technology Guides “Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian for Ryerson University, and Jacques Malschaert, Director of Bibliotheekservice Fryslân, officially took their seats on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during the board’s November meeting. Both were elected to the Board of Trustees by OCLC Global Council in April 2016.

Madeleine Lefebvre has been Chief Librarian of Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, since 2007. She has previously held Chief Librarian appointments at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta. She is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and an Associate of the Australian Library and Information Association. She was also the 2003/2004 President of the Canadian Library Association. In 2005, Scarecrow Press published her book, The Romance of Libraries. Lefebvre has held a sustained interest in planning library space and new buildings that address the need for “congenial space” for students, and has played a major role in the design and development of Ryerson’s award-winning Student Learning Centre.

Jacques Malschaert is Director of Bibliotheekservice Fryslân, a regional service organization for libraries and other cultural and welfare foundations, based in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. He is a member of the board of Stichting Samenwerkende POI’s (SPN), the Dutch service organization of public libraries. He has served as managing director of several libraries. He is chair of the Dutch steering group Basic Skills and Libraries, a member of the steering group Literate Fryslân, and a member of the board of the foundation (translated in English: In 2015, he published the book, Kennis maken en verbinden (in English: Creating and Linking Knowledge)

Lefebvre and Malschaert will each serve a four-year term as Global Council-elected board members…”

And finally, Library Technology Guides notes that “Michael Hale, Vice President of Sales, VitalSource Technologies Inc., announced today the addition of Mike Sugarman as Director of Platform Sales.

Mr. Sugarman is based in the VitalSource Boston office. He will lead the Platform Sales team to focus on building strategic engagements around the platform technologies with publishers and other content providers, and to help VitalSource customers deliver scalable learning solutions…

Prior to joining VitalSource, Mr. Sugarman was Senior Vice President at Emerald Publishing Group where he led the North America sales group and publishing operations. He also has held senior positions in product development and marketing with Elsevier, McGraw-Hill, and Cengage…”

Mr. Sugarman is a native of New York, and an alumnus of Brown University.

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