Academic publisher Emerald Group has appointed Dr Phill Jones, formerly Director of Publishing Innovation at Digital Science, to its Board as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Phill will take a strategic lead on Emerald’s delivery of digital solutions to better serve its communities, including the enhancement of the EmeraldInsight.com research platform and creating scalable solutions across the Group – made up of Emerald Publishing, GoodPractice and Towards Maturity – that are end-to-end and market-driven.

He will help ensure that the platform stands out from competitor solutions by making its users’ lives easier, delivering an outstanding user experience, and helping increase the impact of research by making it even more discoverable, accessible and easily sharable both to academic audiences and beyond.

A former physicist turned publishing technology professional with research, editorial, product and executive management experience at Digital Science, JoVE, and Harvard Medical School, Phill is also a Scholarly Kitchen ‘Chef’ (a regular contributor to the highly influential scholarly communications blog), a member of the editorial board of Learned Publishing, and serves on a number of industry committees for both the STM association and Society for Scholarly Publishing.

Emerald was recently named ProQuest IPG 2018 Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year Award, saw its book The Century of Science win a PROSE Award in the United States, and has been shortlisted in The Bookseller’s British Book Awards for The Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year.


Marcia Elizabeth Rapchak, head of teaching and learning at Duquesne University, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and administrated by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Distance Learning Section (DLS), honors an ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to, the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.

Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group will present the $1,200 award and plaque at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans…

Rapchak received her M.S.L.S. from the University of Kentucky and her EdD in Instructional Technology and Leadership from Duquesne University.

Additional information on the award, along with a list of past winners, is available in the awards section of the ACRL website.


Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Tracy K. Smith to serve a second term as the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2018-2019. During her second year, Smith will expand her outreach efforts to rural communities and unveil a new anthology to be published in the fall…

During her first term, Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Princeton University, gave readings and led discussions as part of a pilot project in rural communities in New Mexico, South Carolina and Kentucky. Her goal is to pursue more engagement in small towns across America, and her reappointment at this time will allow for long-term planning for the expanded rural outreach project…”