ATG People in the News 7/9/18

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KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) has appointed Jeannette Frey, Director of the Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire (BCU) Lausanne, as its 12th President. She will succeed Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen of the National Library of Finland, who served as LIBER President from 2014-2018 and was the first female President in LIBER’s history.

The appointment of a new LIBER President was one of three changes to LIBER’s Executive Board during the 2018 Meeting of Participants. In her opening address to the audience at LIBER 2018, Frey said she would continue to focus on the implementation of Open Science, and to help libraries address the challenges associated with new technologies such as artificial intelligence.

LIBER libraries also appointed Julien Roche, Director of Libraries at the University of Lille, as Vice-President and Lars Burman of Uppsala University Library as a member of the Executive Board.”

The Columbia Chronicle reports that “after working at the college for more than a decade, Jan Chindlund retired as dean of the Library July 1.

Chindlund was appointed dean of the Library in 2012 after coming to Columbia to serve as the Library’s director in 2007.

In a June 20 email sent to faculty and staff, Senior Vice President and Provost Stan Wearden said Chindlund helped strengthen the Library’s connection to larger literary and research communities. Her commitment to the Library helped reinforce and build the Library’s academic reputation, he said.

Chindlund did not respond to requests for comment as of press time.

Norman Alexandroff, communications specialist for the Library, said Chindlund always had a clear mission of the Library’s role at the college.

“Under Jan’s leadership in particular, the effort has been to strengthen the educational fabric of the college,” Alexandroff said. “A lot of Library programs are designed to support teaching and learning at the college. The Library in many ways becomes an extension of the classroom.”

Alexandroff said in addition to being a strong leader, Chindlund has a bubbly and positive personality.

“It’s great to work for somebody who’s so positive and vibrant and connects with people,” Alexandroff said. “[She’s] somebody who also gives her staff the flexibility to execute programs and that’s crucial in the Library’s success.”

Heidi Marshall, head of College Archives and Special Collections, said Chindlund worked to increase collaboration between departments on campus. Chindlund also mentored international students and made the Library more active on campus, she added.

“Whenever someone new [started] she would offer a tour of the Library so they know exactly what we do, what they can borrow from us, what they can lend or that we can help with research support,” Marshall said.

Marshall said under Chindlund’s leadership the Library was honored with the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2017, one of 18 colleges to win the award since 2000…”

According to UToday Tom Hickerson came to the University of Calgary in 2006 after an extensive career at Cornell University, to lead the design and construction of the Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL). Opening in 2011, the TFDL has been recognized internationally as one of the most innovative research libraries. It is exceptionally popular with students. Under Hickerson’s leadership, Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) twice received the Students’ Union Presidential Citation in recognition of “passion and commitment to the students of the University of Calgary.”

In 2009, Hickerson led the campaign to achieve membership in the ranks of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), placing the University of Calgary among the premier academic libraries in Canada and the United States.

One of Hickerson’s primary focuses has been to build archives and special collections of national and international distinction. In 2016, the University of Calgary acquired the archives of EMI Music Canada. A donation from Universal Music Canada, this collection of more than two million items is among the most important recent cultural acquisitions by a research library…

Hickerson is a Fellow and former president of the Society of American Archivists and served on the executive committee of the International Council on Archives. In 2001, he was named a Computerworld Honours Program Laureate in recognition of his contributions to “the use of information technologies for the benefit of society.” Since coming to Calgary, he has served as president of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and as a board member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Hickerson is a leading theorist in reshaping the role of libraries within the research ecosystem. He is currently principal investigator for Academic Research and University Libraries: Creating a New Model for Collaboration, and co-principal investigator for Renewing Access to Culturally Significant Audiovisual Recordings. These grants, totaling C$3 million, are funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Hickerson will remain at the University of Calgary on administrative leave through June 2020. His main focus during his leave will be leading the  two Mellon-funded research initiatives. I am looking forward to gathering with UCalgary community members and stakeholders as we celebrate Tom’s many contributions to the university on Friday, June 15, 2018.

As previously announced, after a broad international search, Dr. Mary-Jo Romaniuk, PhD, has been appointed vice-provost (libraries and cultural resources), for a renewable term of five years, effective Sept. 1, 2018…”



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