In this week’s episode, we have an exciting travel award announcement from JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments. JoVE will award 6 librarians who are taking leadership roles to raise awareness about Scientific Research Reproducibility in their communities with (1) a travel grant to the MLA’17 Annual Meeting or the 2017 Charleston Conference and (2) the opportunity to showcase their initiative(s) with video.
Today we’re being joined by Michael Arthur and Melissa Jones to discuss the “Being Earnest with Collections” column from the February 2017 issue of Against the Grain. The article was titled “Improving Internal Communications at Georgetown University Library.” (Link to the article)
Michael A. Arthur has been Head, Resource Acquisition & Discovery at The University of Alabama since 2015. He has focused on completing a major workflow analysis project within the newly established department with a focus on finding efficiencies and implementing policies and procedures in support of new library and university strategic directives. Michael is a member of the ALCTS Budget & Finance Committee and has other roles within the organization. His column, Being Earnest with Collections, appears regularly in Against the Grain. Michael holds a MLS from Indiana University and a MPA from Old Dominion University. He has worked at Indiana University, Ball State University, Old Dominion University and The University of Central Florida.
Melissa Jones is the English and Humanities Librarian at Georgetown University Libraries. She has spent the last 11 years working with English faculty and students and advocating for their needs. Over the years she has developed a particular knack for creating and revising policy and procedure documents. She is the author of Literary Research and the Victorian and Edwardian Ages, 1830-1910 and co-author of Literary Research and Postcolonial Literatures in English. She is currently the editor for the American Literature section of Resources for College Libraries and is also researching the shifting use of the term legacy in the library community.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.