Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero today announced the appointment of Christopher Eck as the Executive Director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, effective April 1, 2018…

As Executive Director, Chris will lead the National Archives grants program, which funds projects to provide access to historical records held in collections across the country and provides leadership for initiatives in digital publishing, innovation in archives, electronic records, public engagement, partnerships with state archives, and professional development.  Since 1964, the NHPRC has awarded nearly 5,000 grants and created new initiatives such as Founders Online and the Digital Editions Publishing Cooperatives program.

Chris comes to the National Archives from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency as its Terrestrial Archaeology Program Manager for the Strategic Partnerships Directorate. His team worked with archivists, historians, and archaeologists to undertake activities that assist in locating and recovering missing U.S. service member remains from around the world for their identification and reburial in the United States. Prior to that role, Chris worked as Federal Preservation Officer for the First Responder Network Authority, as Cultural Resources Program Manager for the Air National Guard headquarters, and as Historic Preservation Officer for the General Services Administration’s regional headquarters in Atlanta…”


infoDOCKET provides the Full Text of Statement From the Association of Research Libraries:

“The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has joined more than 350 individuals and organizations in signing the Code4Lib Community Statement in Support of Chris Bourg. In an invitational keynote at the 2018 Code4Lib conference, Chris Bourg, director of the MIT Libraries, not only identified impediments to increasing diversity in the software development community based on extensive research by the Kapor Center for Social Impact, but also offered suggestions for addressing those impediments, focusing in particular on creating an inclusive environment in which marginalized developers would feel comfortable and supported. In the weeks following her keynote, Bourg has received numerous harassing and denigrating comments. The ARL community is horrified by these attacks, both professional and personal. Such attacks underscore the extent of the problem and the need for greater focus on these issues.

The Association of Research Libraries is firmly committed to fostering diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments and is providing programs and facilitated conversations to help ARL members make progress in their institutions. Vicious attacks, such as those leveled at Chris Bourg or any member of the research library community, will not silence the community’s voice nor stop its efforts.

ARL expresses its earnest support for Chris Bourg and the imperative message she shared at the Code4Lib conference. The Association stands with the Code4Lib community in denouncing the alarming harassment Bourg has experienced and encourages others to sign the community statement supporting her.”


News at IUPUI features “David Lewis, dean of the University Library at IUPUI, who was named 2018 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries — one of the highest honors in the field. Hailed as a visionary and an innovator, Lewis has a list of accomplishments in the areas of academic technologies and open access to scholarly and educational resources that have helped maintain University Library’s status as one of the best in higher education — just as it was when it opened. Lewis sat down with IU Communications to discuss the award, how University Library was 25 years ago and might be 25 years from now, and plans for his upcoming retirement…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “information-based solutions and services provider Reed Tech has announced the promotion of Ethan Eisner to President. He officially assumed responsibility on March 1. He succeeds Samuel Hardman who retired after nearly 30 years of loyal service, and has agreed to continue to serve as a Strategic Consultant to Reed Tech…”


According to KnowledgeSpeakeLife has announced Anna Akhmanova, Professor of Cell Biology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, as a new Deputy Editor. Working alongside Eve Marder (Brandeis University, US) and Detlef Weigel (Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany), and reporting to Editor-in-Chief Randy Schekman (University of California at Berkeley, US), Akhmanova will share a range of responsibilities…”


According to station WWBT in Richmond, VA “A University of Richmond librarian has received a grant to research inclusive teaching methods.

Lucretia McCulley, head of scholarly communications at Boatwright Memorial Library, is one of 12 librarians from six colleges who is a member of the Inclusive Library Instruction Working Group.

The $33,000 grant is to help librarians develop methods to better serve students with diverse racial backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identities to be used in academic libraries…”