ATG People in the News 5/21/18

by | May 21, 2018 | 0 comments

According to infoDOCKET “K. Matthew Dames, a nationally recognized scholar in copyright law and innovator in library sciences, has been appointed the next Boston University Librarian. Currently Georgetown University Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Services, he succeeds Robert Hudson, who is retiring after more than 40 years at BU. Dames will assume his new position July 1.

At Georgetown, Dames has overseen use, placement, and access strategies for the library’s 3.8 million-volume principal research collection. He has led the library’s large-scale digitization of archival materials chronicling Georgetown’s history with slavery, while driving key initiatives aimed at modernizing, preserving, and archiving the university’s collections.

“In an age of daily digital transformation, his leadership experience and energized vision for advancing new ideas and technologies herald an exciting future for the BU Library and the resources and services it offers,” says Jean Morrison, BU provost and chief academic officer.

“We look forward to welcoming him this summer and to working with him to re-envision a 21st-century library that remains a proud focal point for our research and scholarly community for many years to come,” Morrison says.

Prior to taking the Georgetown post in 2016, Dames was the founding director of the Syracuse University Copyright and Information Policy Office, then associate dean for research and scholarship, and later interim dean of libraries and University Librarian. While at Syracuse, he launched new digital preservation efforts as well as a fund to develop new library spaces and services.

Dames says he sees a particular opportunity in Boston University’s “commitment to open access and the work that Bob Hudson and others in the library have done to make that a priority,” including adoption of a policy in 2015 that requires faculty to opt out if they don’t want to allow open access to their scholarly work online…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “University of Pennsylvania Provost Wendell Pritchett today announced the appointment of Constantia Constantinou as the H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries, effective Aug. 1.

Constantinou will replace Rogers, who has held the position since 2004 and is retiring after a 43-year career at Penn…

She created an ambitious strategic plan for the Stony Brook Libraries, redefining the libraries as a hub of collaboration in scholarly and digital initiatives and working with students, faculty, researchers, and staff across the university, especially in developing the digital humanities, open access, and a Center for Scholarly Communication.

Constantinou began her career at New York University’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library and has brought her focus on digital and multimedia technology to leadership positions at the City University of New York, at Rutgers University Libraries, and as Director of the Helen T. Arrigoni Technology Library at Iona College.

Twice named a Fulbright Scholar, she is an active member of the global university library community, publishing articles and reviews, delivering conference presentations around the world, and serving in leadership positions for the Association of Research Libraries, Online Computer Library Catalogue, and International Federation of Library Associations, among others.

In addition, she is an accomplished classical guitarist who studied at the Royal School of Music in London before earning a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music theory from Queens College of the City University of New York, where she also earned her master’s of library science degree…”

ACRL Insider reports that “ACRL Associate Director Mary Jane Petrowski on receiving the 2018 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. The award was presented to Petrowski at the school’s 2018 Spring Convocation.

Since 2002, Petrowski has been Associate Director at the ACRL, where she serves as chief operating officer, manages the Academic Library Trends and Statistics program, ACRL fundraising, membership, and liaison support for numerous division-level committees.

Learn more about Petrowski and the award on the UNC SLIS website.

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