Lareese M. Hall, an experienced academic librarian and educator with a commitment to social justice and creative interdisciplinary practice, will join Colby College this summer as the director of Colby Libraries.

Currently the dean of libraries at the Rhode Island School of Design, Hall has worked in libraries at MIT; the University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Denison University; Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of New Mexico. Her approach to librarianship—as a critical, social, and creative interdisciplinary practice—is grounded not only in her academic library background, but more than a decade of experience in education, public art, and community development.”…

As director of libraries, Hall will oversee the programs of Miller Library—Colby’s flagship library—as well as the Bixler Art and Music Library, the Science Library, and Special Collections. The libraries’ missions include: teaching and guiding students to conduct research and ethically use information; collaborating with faculty for their individual teaching and research needs; providing access to resources for faculty and students; preserving and promoting primary sources, including the College’s rare and unique materials, and providing user-centered spaces for group and individual research and learning.

Hall begins her new role at Colby in August.”


infoDOCKET reports that “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Mark Sweeney will serve as Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress.

Sweeney has served as Acting Deputy Librarian of Congress since September 2017…

The role of Principal Deputy Librarian is to assist with managing the Librarian’s priorities and function in a strategic role, working closely with senior leadership internally and high-level individuals externally. The Principal Deputy Librarian provides executive leadership and broad oversight to the heads of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service, the Office of the General Counsel and the Deputy Librarian of Library Collections and Services Group.

Before his appointment as Acting Deputy Librarian, Sweeney served as Associate Librarian since August 2014 – first on an Acting basis then as permanent appointee beginning in February 2015. Previously, Sweeney served as the Library’s Director of Preservation beginning in April 2012. Prior to that, he served for nearly five years as the Chief of the Serial and Government Publications Division, followed by seven months as Chief of the Library’s Humanities and Social Services Division.

During his 30 years with the Library of Congress, Sweeney has also served as Program Manager for the Library’s highly successful National Digital Newspaper Program, as Chief of the Preservation Reformatting Division, as Head of the Newspaper Section, as a Reference Specialist and as a Supervisory Library Technician.

He has presented at numerous professional meetings and served on national and international boards and committees.

Sweeney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from McGill University and a master’s in library and information science from the Catholic University of America.”


BioData, producer of Labguru, the web-based research and lab management service, has announced the appointment of Steve Yemm as the company’s new CEO, succeeding Nils Drache who, after two and half years as CEO, will continue to be involved as a member of the company board.

Steve Yemm has been BioData’s Vice President of Sales for the last two years. During this time the company transitioned from a business-to-consumer model for purchase by single users, to one that delivers SaaS software solutions for institutions and companies in the life sciences. BioData’s flagship product Labguru is a secure, web-based Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) which records and manages laboratory data and inventory, helping labs to run more efficiently.

With two decades of experience in the scientific data management industry, Steve brings an impressive sales and management record to BioData. A chemist by training, he has led field-based organisations for CambridgeSoft and IDBS, worked on global account strategy for Symyx Technologies and established the European and Asia-Pacific business of Core Informatics. Throughout his career, he has worked with clients across the world to successfully tackle informatics challenges and increase laboratory productivity.

With Labguru, scientists can design experiments and workflows, capture structured and unstructured data, manage projects, and share their work. Customisable experiment templates, integration of protocols, SOPs, and other cutting-edge features help to increase data quality, streamline workflows and reduce costs.

BioData is part of the Digital Science portfolio of companies all working together to help researchers make a difference.


According to Library Technology GuidesLYRASIS, … is pleased to announce that Sheila Rabun has been hired as the United States Community Specialist for ORCID. ORCID is an international nonprofit organization committed to connecting scholars and scholarly authors to their publications through the use of a unique identifier and registration, overcoming the boundaries of disciplines, nations and time…

The ORCID US Community Specialist position is a new role, created to increase engagement and build community. In this new role, Sheila will be focused on expanding the community of ORCID’s organizational members as well as developing educational and informational programs and providing support for existing members. The ORCID US Community Specialist is central to the growth of the ORCID program and will work closely and collaboratively with the scholarly publishing community, research community and ORCID staff. Sheila will be involved in all aspects of the program and will serve as a key spokesperson and advocate for ORCID. Her new position is effective immediately…

Before joining LYRASIS and the ORCID US program, Sheila worked extensively within the field of academic libraries. She previously served as the Digital Project Manager and Interim Director of the University of Oregon Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DSC), overseeing all aspects of the Libraries’ digital collections, including digital production and metadata, institutional repository management, platform development and digital scholarship project collaborations with faculty, students and other organizations. More recently, she was the Community and Communications Officer for the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Consortium, managing all projects, events and activities for the IIIF community of around 120 museums, libraries, software firms and related cultural heritage institutions around the globe. With a BA in Communication from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and an MA in Folklore from the University of Oregon, she is currently earning an MLIS from the University of Washington Information School online program. She is a certified “Scrum Master” and advocates for agile project management techniques in libraries…”