ATG People in the News 4/6/17

by | Apr 6, 2017 | 0 comments

According to KnowledgeSpeak “Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), … has announced the appointment of Samantha Burridge to the company’s board of directors.|

Burridge brings more than 20 years of broad publishing and open access experience to the CCC board. She established Nature’s Open Research Group and under her leadership it became the most rapidly growing open access business in the world. The group includes Nature Communications, still the highest impact journal in this space, and Scientific Reports, one of the largest open access journals to date. Post the merger of Springer and Macmillan Science and Education, she served on the Executive Committee of Springer Nature and was Managing Director of Open Research, leading the combined open access businesses to form the largest open access publisher in the world.

Prior to her time at Springer Nature, Burridge was on the Macmillan Science and Education board and a key player in the transformation of the business. She held several senior roles within the Macmillan group, leading many global functions through significant change, across publishing, sales and business development. She was also the Managing Director of Palgrave Macmillan, a humanities and social science publisher in the research and trade space where she developed some of the first online resources for the humanities and oversaw the publication of well over 10,000 titles. She has also served as a member of the Publisher’s Association academic board.”


According to The Carolinian, Dr. Martin Halbert has been named the new Dean of UNCG University Libraries.

Halbert received his bachelor’s degree at Rice University in Texas, obtained his master’s degree from the University of Texas, and gained his doctorate from Emory University.

The Dean of University Libraries serves as the chief administrative officer for the Libraries and the leader of library staff. Responsible for all programs and unit activities within the Libraries, the Dean leads planning, administration, fundraising, and personnel efforts to further sustain and improve Library operations and services.

His doctoral research and ensuing projects have focused on exploring the future of research library services.

Since 2009, Halbert has been serving as the dean of libraries and associate professor at the University of North Texas…

Previously, Halbert worked in Estonia as an American Library Association/United States Information Agency Library Fellow, where he helped aid the automation of the Tartu University Library.

Halbert has also held senior leadership positions at private universities such as Emory University and Rice University…

His transition to a new university was driven by many factors, the main one being his shared personal ideologies with UNCG’s mission statement…

Halbert’s position will become effective on July 17, 2017.


ALA News reports that “Timothy Cole, Head of the Mathematics Library and Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). Professor Cole also holds appointments in the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) and the University Library.

The Kilgour Award is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed. The winner receives $2,000, a citation, and travel expenses to attend the LITA Awards Ceremony & President’s Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago (IL).

Over the past 20 years, Professor Cole’s research in digital libraries, metadata design and sharing, and interoperable linked data frameworks have significantly enhanced discovery and access of scholarly content which embodies the spirit of this prestigious Award. His extensive publication record includes research papers, books, and conference publications and has earned more than $11 million in research grants during his career.
The Award Committee also noted Professor Cole’s significant contributions to major professional organizations including the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Digital Library Federation, and Open Archives Initiative, all of which help set the standards in metadata and linked data practices that influence everyday processes in libraries. We believe his continuing work on Linked Open Data will further improve how information is discovered and accessed. With all of Professor Cole’s research and service contributions, the Committee unanimously found him to be the ideal candidate to receive the 2017 Frederick G. Kilgour Award…”

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