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DCMS re-appoints Baroness Blackstone as Chairman of the British Library

“The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt. Hon Maria Miller MP, has re-appointed Baroness Blackstone as Chairman of the British Library for a further four year term. Tessa Blackstone has served as British Library Chairman since September 2010. Key achievements during her first term of appointment include: the recruitment of Roly Keating as CEO in 2012; a £8.8m partnership with the Qatar Foundation; the incorporation of the Public Lending Right into the Library; the move of the Library’s newspaper collection to Boston Spa and construction of the Newspaper Storage Building; the implementation of non-print legal deposit legislation and a successful and stimulating public exhibition programme.” (via British Library)

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Mike Furlough Selected To Be Executive Director of HathiTrust

“The HathiTrust Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Furlough as the Executive Director of HathiTrust. Furlough comes to HathiTrust from The Pennsylvania State University, where he is currently Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications. Furlough has more than a dozen years of experience leading initiatives in digital scholarship, content stewardship, and scholarly communications, and has served for the last nine months as an inaugural member of HathiTrust’s Program Steering Committee. Furlough will begin his tenure as Executive Director on May 19.” (via HathiTrust Digital Library)

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Coe Named CEO at Baker & Taylor

“Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that its board of directors has named longtime executive George Coe as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Coe brings 34 years of extensive experience leading and transitioning companies to becoming leaders within their industries. These companies have served public, K-12, academic, corporate and law libraries worldwide. Since 2000, he has served as President of Baker & Taylor’s Library & Education division. Prior to Baker & Taylor, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Brodart Books, Library Automation and K-12 software management divisions.” (via DBW)

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Lynn Silipigni Connaway named Vice Chair of ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative

“OCLC Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., has been named vice chair of the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, an initiative from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). This initiative is charged with helping academic libraries demonstrate their alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes. As vice chair of the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, Lynn will serve as one of the leaders of the initiative. In addition, Lynn has been appointed a committee member. Her role on the committee includes identifying opportunities for the promotion and advancement of academic libraries. Her term on the committee is for two years and her term as vice chair is 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014.” (via OCLC)

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Libraries coming together

“In a move that brings together the leadership of the libraries of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and the Harvard Library under a single individual, Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, has been named to carry forward plans for increased cooperation and communication as the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In that role, Thomas will oversee all FAS libraries, according to an announcement today by Dean Michael D. Smith.” (via Harvard Gazette)

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Vivian Lewis appointed McMaster University Librarian

“Vivian Lewis, who brings over two decades’ experience in McMaster’s libraries, is the new University Librarian. The appointment follows a global search to fill the vacant position. “Vivian is a highly-regarded academic librarian and a sought-after expert in strategic planning, library assessment and information literacy who couples her deep knowledge of McMaster with a long-standing commitment to our students, faculty and staff,” says David Wilkinson, McMaster’s provost and vice-president Academic. “A vibrant and robust library is an essential part of our overall success and we are fortunate to have Vivian leading our accomplished team in the Library.” (via McMaster Daily News)

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ProQuest Appoints Matthew Brine as Vice President and General Manager

“ProQuest, an information company central to global research, appointed Matthew Brine as Vice President and General Manager of Serials Solutions. In this role, Brine will provide the vision, strategy and global leadership to deliver discovery and management solutions to libraries. With more than 20 years of experience leading technology companies through growth initiatives, Brine balances business rigor with focus on quality and customer service.” (via PRNewswire)

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University of Utah Names Dean for Marriott Library

“The University of Utah has named Alberta Davis Comer as dean and director of the J. Willard Marriott Library and University Librarian effective August 19, 2013. Comer holds a master of library science degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and has served as dean and associate dean of library services at Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University since 2004. “Alberta Comer has a national reputation as an inspiring and thoughtful leader,” says Michael Hardman, interim senior vice president of academic affairs at the U. “She brings to the U an expansive knowledge of libraries, as well as a strong focus on students, faculty collaboration, and the cultivation of positive community and donor relations. We welcome her to Utah and the university.” (via University of Utah News)

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University of Michigan associate librarian to lead U. of I. libraries

“John P. Wilkin has been named university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its July 24 meeting in Chicago. Wilkin is an associate university librarian at the University of Michigan, where he also leads Michigan’s library information technology and publishing divisions, including the University of Michigan Press. He also is the executive director of the HathiTrust Digital Library, an online repository established in 2008 to unite the digitized collections of more than 60 research libraries, including the U. of I.’s, in an effort to preserve the published cultural record.” (via University of Illinois)

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Culshaw named university librarian for the University of Iowa

“John P. Culshaw, senior associate dean of libraries at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has been named university librarian for the University of Iowa, effective Aug. 1. Culshaw joined the university libraries at CU-Boulder in 1991 as central reference librarian. From 1996 to 2008, he oversaw the libraries’ Systems Department, providing leadership and direction for information technology, media, and web services. In 2008 he was appointed associate director for administrative services. His position was renamed senior associate dean of libraries in 2011. (via The University of Iowa)

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