According to Library Journal “voting for the American Library Association (ALA) 2018–19 presidential election closed on April 5, with Loida García-Febo winning the role of president-elect. A total of 9,123 ballots were cast among the candidates—García-Febo, Terri Grief, and Scott Walter—significantly down from last year’s 10,230.

García-Febo has worked as a librarian domestically and internationally, having begun her career at the University of Puerto Rico library and continuing as coordinator for special services, Queens Library, NY, from 2006–12. She is currently president of Information New Wave, an international nonprofit organization working to bring access to information to underserved populations.

A 2007 LJ Mover & Shaker, García-Febo also has a long history of service with library associations. In addition to serving on ALA Council since 2011 and a 2015–18 term on the ALA Executive Board, she sits on the governing board of IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations) and served on the executive board of REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking), including a term as president from 2009–10…”


The Lansing Star reports that “Gerald R. Beasley, vice provost and chief librarian at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, has been named the next Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University. The appointment, effective Aug. 1, was made by Provost Michael Kotlikoff and approved by the Executive Committee of the Cornell Board of Trustees.

As vice provost and chief librarian at the University of Alberta, Beasley oversees eight public service libraries on three campuses as well as the University Archives, Press, Bookstores, Museums and Collections Services, Copyright Office and Technology Training Centre. Beasley succeeds Anne E. Kenney, Cornell’s 11th university librarian, who stepped down April 1 after leading Cornell University Library since 2008.

At Cornell, the university librarian is the chief academic and administrative officer of the library system, overseeing a budget of approximately $64 million and more than 400 staff members. Housing more than 8 million volumes and a multitude of electronic resources, Cornell University Library comprises 18 constituent libraries located in Ithaca and New York City. The staff supports teaching, learning and research across the university’s colleges and schools, and serves scholars and alumni worldwide…”


According to Publishers Weekly, Follett Corporation this week confirmed that COO George Coe has retired from the company, effective May 1.

The news comes as a surprise as Coe, a longtime, well-respected figure in the library distribution business, was just appointed COO in March, and had been on the job for only one month.

At press time, it appeared Follett had no immediate plans to replace Coe. Asked about a possible successor, a spokesperson said only that David Cully, who was named president of Baker & Taylor following Coe’s promotion, would remain in that position…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the National Library of Medicine has announced the departure of Dr. David J. Lipman, who has served as the Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) since its creation almost 30 years ago. Dr. Lipman is assuming the position of Chief Science Officer at Impossible Foods, a new company applying molecular biology to the food industry… 

Under Dr. Lipman’s leadership, NCBI has become an essential resource for biomedical researchers, practitioners, patients as well as the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. During his tenure, NCBI has grown from a handful of staff working to link biomedical literature and DNA sequences to a staff of hundreds that produce more than 40 integrated databases that serve scientists and the general public. Each day more than 3 million users access NCBI databases and download more than 50 terabytes of data.

Dr. Lipman has been an advocate for promoting open access to the world’s biomedical literature and launched PubMed in 1997, followed by the full-text repository, PubMed Central (PMC), in 2000. He was instrumental in implementing the NIH Public Access Policy whereby NIH-funded papers are made publicly available in PMC…” 


North Texas E-News reports that “Andrea Weddle, the head of special collections and archives for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries, has been selected to attend the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. The institute is a week-long summer program where numerous academic librarians from all over the country work together with one another while learning more about leadership in academia.

The institute was founded in 1999, and is intended to give library leaders the tools that they needed to properly respond to emerging informational and technical needs for their libraries, along with the changing expectations of library leaders, new technologies, and long-range plans for the future.


Kera News interviews Mark McKnight Head of the music library at University of North Texas. Mr. McKnight was recently named president of the Music Library Association, an international group of librarians, musicians and scholars.In the interview he discusses the major challenges facing today’s music librarians.