ATG People in the News 1/18/17

by | Jan 18, 2017 | 0 comments

According to KnowledgeSpeak “the National Institutes of Health has announced that National Library of Medicine Director Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan will assume an additional role as NIH Interim Associate Director for Data Science. Her appointment begins immediately. The Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) and team provide input to the overall NIH vision and actions undertaken by each of the 27 Institutes and Centers in support of biomedical research as a digital enterprise…


Library Technology Guides reports that “Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce the promotion of Alicia Sell to Vice President, Digitization Services. Sell has been with Backstage since 2011 serving as Account Manager for the Mid-Atlantic United States, and Europe. Her vision, wealth of experience in preservation, and her commitment to clients will be utilized in the expansion of client-centric services. Sell will also represent Backstage at conferences and speaking engagements…”


infoDOCKET notes that “President Barack Obama has appointed a slate of seasoned museum and library professionals to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board.  They were sworn in today by IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew at the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The board is the advisory body for IMLS, and members are selected to serve based on their expertise and commitment to libraries or museums. The new members will replace Althemese Barnes, the late Charles Benton, Christie Pearson Brandau, Vishakha Desai, Paula Gangopadhyay, Eric Jolly, and Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr…

The new appointees are listed below with their biographical summaries.

Lynne M. Ireland is deputy director of the Nebraska State Historical Society.  Ireland has held various positions with the Historical Society since 1979, including chief education and information officer, associate director for museums and historic sites, coordinator of museum programs and public relations and folklife/special projects coordinator…

Sylvia Orozco is co-founder and executive director of the Mexic-Arte Museum of Austin, Texas, positions she has held since 1984.  Orozco served on the advisory board of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center from 2008 to 2012 and the mayor’s community cabinet in Austin from 2009 to 2011…

Dr. Mort Sajadian is founder, president, and chief executive officer of Amazement Square, The Rightmire Children’s Museum, positions he has held since 1997.  Dr. Sajadian was director and chief executive officer of Seattle Children’s Museum and director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri…

Kenneth J. Schutz is the Dr. William Huizingh Executive Director of the Desert Botanical Garden, a position he has held since 2001. Schutz previously served as executive director of the Science Museum of Western Virginia and president of Bentley Consulting…

Annette Evans Smith joined the Alaska Native Heritage Center in 2003 and has served as its president and CEO since 2011.  In 2012, Evans Smith worked on the legislation that established the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council.  She previously worked with the Southcentral Foundation and The Northern Forum…

Deborah Taylor is coordinator of school and student services at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, where she has worked since 1974 in various roles including as a Branch Librarian and Head of the Office of Children and Youth. Taylor is a member of the Voice of Youth Advocates Editorial Advisory Board and served as president of the Young Adult Library Services Association and chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards…

Dr. Jonathan L. Zittrain is a professor of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, positions he has held since 2010 and 2008, respectively. Dr. Zittrain is also vice dean for library and information resources at the Harvard Law School Library and co-founder and faculty director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University…”

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