ATG People in the News 3/15/18

by | Mar 15, 2018 | 0 comments

“The London Book Fair will present the LBF Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 to Sara Miller McCune, Founder and Executive Chairman of SAGE Publishing.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has made a truly significant mark in the sphere of global publishing. It is open to publishers, agents, editors, scouts and anyone else involved in international publishing from any country in the world. Last year the award was presented to Luiz Schwartz, Companhia das Letras. The London Book Fair’s Advisory Board voted for Sara Miller McCune from a shortlist of international publishing figures.

Sara Miller McCune is a visionary publisher, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She oversaw the growth of SAGE from a start-up to one of the largest independent publishing companies in the world. For over 50 years, she has led the publishing industry in business, through her tireless support for social science research and through her passion for philanthropy.

She founded SAGE in 1965, aged just 24, and oversaw its phenomenal growth, founding major publishing offices in UK (1971), India (1981) and Singapore (2006). Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering dedication to academia, Sara has made it her life’s work to challenge and break down borders within publishing and society. She has been at the forefront of numerous publishing innovations from championing of urban studies, media studies, black studies, and family violence (to name only a few examples). She also supported new research methods such as evaluation research and new statistical techniques. She remains actively involved in the company’s expansion and development, and still serves as the executive chairman…”


Larry P. Alford, chief librarian at the University of Toronto, has been named the 2018 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. The American Library Association (ALA) will present the award to Alford at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, this summer. 

Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Hugh C. Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research. Theresa S. Byrd, chair of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award Committee and dean of the Copley Library at the University of San Diego, said, “Larry, an innovator and visionary, epitomizes what Hugh C. Atkinson represented to our profession.”


UC San Diego has appointed Erik T. Mitchell as the Audrey Geisel University Librarian, effective April 16, 2018. Mitchell is currently associate university librarian of Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services and associate chief information officer at UC Berkeley. 

At UC San Diego, Mitchell will succeed Brian E. C. Schottlaender, who retired June 29, 2017, after 18 years as university librarian. Tammy Nickelson Dearie has been serving as interim university librarian since June 30, 2017.

For more information about Mitchell and his appointment, see the February 27, 2018, UC San Diego Library Blog post “UC San Diego Names Erik T. Mitchell New Audrey Geisel University Librarian.”


Data company Clarivate Analytics has announced the appointment of Caroline Birkle as the General Manager of their leading research information management system, Converis. Converis supports universities, research institutions and funding agencies in collecting and managing data across the research life cycle. Birkle will join Converis on April 16th 2018, based in Karlsruhe, Germany and will manage an international team across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

Converis is part of Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation and is part of the Scientific and Academic Research Group alongside industry leaders like Web of Science. Built with the research community in mind, Converis is used by faculty, librarians and research managers globally to showcase the outputs and impact of research. Converis offers seamless integration with data, platform and products from Clarivate Analytics, such as Web of Science, InCites and Derwent Innovation Index, as well as a number of third-party products.

Birkle will join Clarivate Analytics from Thieme Chemistry in Germany, where she is Managing Director and has overall P&L responsibility for global electronic publications, leading an international team including editorial, production and software development. Previously, Birkle held publishing positions with the Royal Society of Chemistry and Thomson Reuters before moving to Holtzbrinck Publishers, where, as Vice President, she led Business Intelligence for STM (including Nature and Macmillan Science & Education) and coordinated the integration of Macmillan and Springer Nature, pre- and post-merger…”


EBSCO Health, the leading provider of evidence-based clinical resource tools including DynaMed Plus and Dynamic Health, today announced the addition of Diane Hanson to the team at Dynamic Health. Hanson, who brings extensive experience in executive leadership, quality patient care as well as product strategy and management, will serve as the editor-in-chief of the nursing and allied health resource.

Hanson, is a Registered Nurse with deep experience in nursing and allied health professional practice. She comes to EBSCO Health from Vizient, Inc., where she worked as Vice President of Product Strategy & Management. She has more than 20 years of experience working with clinical and healthcare solutions, with a deep focus on clinical decision support, evidence-based practice, innovation and quality patient care…”

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