University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell Moore has named Robert H. McDonald as dean of University Libraries. McDonald, who currently serves as associate dean for research and technology strategies and librarian at Indiana University, will assume the post on Aug. 1, 2018… 

As the associate dean for research and technology strategies at IU, McDonald led the work of providing library information system and discovery services to the entire IU system. He managed projects related to scholarly communications, new model publishing and technologies that enabled IU’s libraries to support teaching and learning for the IU Bloomington campus. 

At IU, he also served as deputy director of the Data to Insight Center, where he conducted research in areas of large data analysis and digital storage and preservation through grant-funded and collaborative projects, such as the HathiTrust Research Center. He also served as the data steward for the IU Libraries. 

His research interests include technology management and integration of lean and agile frameworks, data preservation, learning ecosystems, data cyberinfrastructure and big data analytics…

McDonald earned his master of library and information science degree at the University of South Carolina and holds a master of music degree from the University of Georgia

He succeeds James “Jim” Williams, who served as dean of libraries from 1988 to 2017. The post has been held on an interim basis by Leslie Reynolds since June 2017…” 


ACRL Insider offers “congratulations to the following recipients of 2018 ACRL awards. Complete information on the ACRL awards program is available on the association website.

According to KnowledgeSpeakClarivate Analytics, “has appointed Gail Morrison to the newly created position of Vice President, Customer Experience.

Morrison brings more than 25 years of experience in running global client service and operations teams and has a track record in defining and directing exceptional client experience. Reporting to Robert Lemmond, Chief Commercial Officer, Morrison will be responsible for designing, building, and implementing a global Customer Experience framework for all Clarivate Analytics. She will be based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Morrison joins from ICE Data Services, where she held the position of Senior Vice President of Client Experience and Service. In her career, Morrison has held senior positions at the Intercontinental Exchange, Interactive Data, Nasdaq and Thomson Reuters. She has an impressive track record in improving customer experience, creating service-focused cultures, building high-functioning teams and executed change on a global scale…”


According to the UNC University Libraries website, “the University Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of Lauren Bellard as the North Carolina Historic Newspapers project librarian, effective April 2. She will be based in the North Carolina Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library.

In this position, Lauren will oversee day-to-day operations of the North Carolina Historic Newspapers project. This effort, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides scanned pages of significant North Carolina newspapers to the Library of Congress for its Chronicling America project. She will ensure that technical requirements are met, prepare metadata and track the movement of microfilm and digital files between the North Carolina State Archives, the Library of Congress and the project vendor.

Prior to this appointment, Lauren worked in the North Carolina Collection as a temporary project librarian.

Lauren holds an M.S.L.S. from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in art history, theory and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in art history from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.