KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., has announced that Wendy Newsham has joined their executive team as Director of Institutional Sales and Business Development. In her new role, Newsham will oversee institutional subscription sales as well as revenue growth in the many exciting areas of the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. organisation.

Newsham’s career in publishing has spanned more than 25 years, starting in ElHi textbooks in 1990, moving into technology and business publications, and finally into scholarly publishing in 2004, always in a business development role in ever-expanding levels of management and accountability. She has extensive knowledge in many key areas of the business, including content production, copyediting, manufacturing, distribution, reprint sales, manuscript submission and peer review systems, and online publishing.

Recent roles included Sales Director for Cenveo, Director of Client Services for Aries, and, most recently, Vice President of North American Sales for HighWire Press. In addition, Newsham has been a long-time, active member of industry organisations such as Council of Science Editors, Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers, International Society of Managing & Technical Editors, and the Society for Scholarly Publishing where she held a co-chair of the Development Committee for four years and is currently serving on the Pre-Meeting Planning Committee.”

The Sonoma State Star recently featured this interview with Head Librarian Lynn Prime, who the Star introduces as “an instrumental part of the success of many students.

Sonoma State STAR: Can you start by telling me a little bit about yourself?

Lynn Prime: “I’ve been a librarian for many years; I have worked in public and school libraries, and came to academic libraries kind of by the back door. I grew up with parents who were both teachers. My father taught choral music at a community college and my mother taught English as a Second Language to adults. I couldn’t decide what to do with my life after college, so I applied to UC Berkeley’s Library School because I knew I loved libraries and most librarians.

I’ve been a librarian at the Sonoma State Library for about thirteen years now, most of that time in Special Collections and University Archives, first as a digital projects manager, and then since 2015 as the head of the department.

I love what I do, and believe very strongly in providing access for students to our many unique collections…”

STAR: How have you seen Sonoma State change over the years, in terms of the library and the population and the campus in general?

Prime: “When I first started, the library had been in the Schulz Information Center for almost four years. Students loved their new library, especially the space.

But as you know, library collections have changed. The library used to be much more print-based, and more and more resources are available online, which is almost universally a good thing.

What’s most interesting to me about the library in the last number of years is that as print has become less of the dominant resource for some things, it’s also become a focus for the unique kinds of primary source material that academic libraries have – letters, posters, photos, the student newspaper – that show students the history of our campus, for instance, and collections of documents on environmental activism in our own county over the last 50 years. There’s our premiere Jack London Collection, with its signed first editions of London’s novels in book form, as well as serialized in magazines such as Cosmopolitan and the Saturday Evening Post. Jack London was a true renaissance man and studying his life and works is really a treat, for getting a sense of the very large issues of his time as well as for the chance to read his works in their original format…”

STAR: What are your favorite parts of the library? Are there any hidden gems?

Prime: “I love the hustle and bustle of the second floor. The energy and collaborative studying that happens there is amazing. And I love the quiet and focus in the third floor Quiet Study Room. Partly because it’s ‘my’ area, but also because I think having that quiet relationship to Special Collections is a great introduction to these resources.

I think Special Collections itself is a huge hidden gem. I’d love to see more individual students and classes make use of our materials…”

According to ALA News “the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is pleased to announce it is sponsoring Catie Sahadath (MLIS 2012, University of British Columbia) as its representative for the 2017 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

As this year’s LITA Emerging Leader, Sahadath will work with a group of fellow participants on LITA’s project “Building Leadership in Virtual Engagement.” The team will create a documented set of best practices for managing the work of volunteer-based committees and interest groups that will be applicable in both face to face and (especially) virtual settings. Sahadath will receive funding from LITA to attend the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta and the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Sahadath currently works as the Social Sciences Data Librarian at the University of Ottawa, in Canada’s national capital. Previous to that, she was the Head of Metadata Development at the University of Calgary. Her interests include change management in the face of emerging technologies, future-proofing metadata for flexible reuse, and hacking data for the public good. Currently, she is working with R to aggregate, analyze, and visualize survey data as part of a multi-institutional study team investigating research data management needs in Canadian universities. she is excited for the opportunity to connect with other Emerging Leaders, as well as with members of LITA. Her career goals involve leadership in library technology, and she is enthusiastic about the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge from the Emerging Leaders program, which she can use to help her achieve these goals. You can connect with Sahadath on Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.”