ATG People in the News 5/18/18

by | May 18, 2018 | 0 comments

According to DuraSpace “Debra Hanken Kurtz will leave her post as CEO at DuraSpace to serve as the Associate University Librarian for Technology Services at Arizona State University Library. As of June 1, Erin Tripp, Business Development Manager at DuraSpace, will serve as the Interim Chief Executive Officer. Valorie Hollister, DuraSpace Director of Membership and Finance, and Bill Branan, Duraspace Services Technical Director, will assist Ms. Tripp with the transition.As CEO, Ms. Hanken Kurtz brought a focus on expanded mission, community engagement, transparency, and openness to DuraSpace. Her commitment to increased engagement with the international user communities and the broader scholarly ecosystem fostered new memberships, new strategic partnerships and new projects under the DuraSpace umbrella. Under her leadership, the membership program brought in new members and refined the project governance, leading to a 94% membership retention rate. With her guidance, the DuraSpace hosted services business more than doubled, providing much needed archiving and preservation services to the community as well as additional support for our open source projects through revenues from hosted services. Organizationally, Ms. Hanken Kurtz helped DuraSpace achieve greater financial stability and to mature DuraSpace’s business practices…


ARL News reporst that “the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has named Association of Research Libraries (ARL) staff member Elizabeth Waraksa as a Distinguished Presidential Fellow for a two-year term, effective June 1, 2018. Waraksa is program director for research and strategic initiatives at ARL. CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.

At the Association of Research Libraries, Waraksa works on projects in workforce development, scholarly communication, and innovation. Prior to joining ARL in 2015, she served as librarian for Middle Eastern studies and lecturer in Near Eastern languages and cultures and the study of religion at UCLA. From 2007 to 2009, she was a CLIR postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Library, where she worked on the open access UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology among other projects. She has participated in archaeological excavations in Egypt, Italy, and Israel, and published on topics ranging from Egyptian female figurines to the benefits of collaboration.

Waraksa’s new CLIR fellowship will focus on global digital resources, particularly those highlighting the cultural heritage of the Near and Middle East, and the opportunities that these resources offer scholars, library and information studies professionals, local and heritage communities, and all who are curious to learn more about our shared human history. She will explore how global digital collections are being leveraged in research, teaching, and learning today, and the kinds of new questions we can ask of these increasingly large and complex digital collections. She will also consider how data creators and stewards like librarians, archivists, curators, oral historians, community leaders, developers, and others can best exchange their knowledge and expertise…”


OCLC Research is pleased to announce that Chela Scott Weber has joined the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) as Senior Program Officer. In this role, Weber will help enact the OCLC research and learning agenda that she crafted in 2017 as she served as a practitioner researcher-in-residence.

Working with OCLC colleagues and the RLP network, she will shape learning and engagement programming that will move the community forward in this strategically important area for research libraries as well as serving as a liaison to broader special collections and archives communities.

Weber’s appointment is a natural extension of her previous work as OCLC practitioner researcher-in-residence. For that project, she worked collaboratively with OCLC program officers and RLP member institutions to investigate and shape the OCLC research agenda, focusing on the areas of challenge and opportunity for special collections, archives, and distinctive collections with research and academic libraries…

Weber was most recently the Head of Library and Collections at the California Historical Society (CHS). Before CHS and serving as the OCLC researcher practitioner-in-residence, she was Head of Archival Collections Management for NYU Libraries, and previously served there as Associate Head and Acting Head of the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives…”


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