v24 #6 Rumors: The Broadcast Edition

by | Feb 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Excited to learn about the Post-Master’s Certificate in Data Curation, a new program that will assist those who wish to enhance their leadership skills in data curation and is now available at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. The new program is geared toward practicing professionals who are responsible for the increasingly growing area of digital or data curation. The program is convenient for those who are in distant locations with two weeks of immersive summer study on the Chapel Hill campus, followed by online courses. Students can tailor their individual program to fit a work-oriented project that is rooted in the real world problems of their workplaces. There is even an opportunity for students to create a team from a library and computer center.


Forgot to mention the great conversation about old times that I had with Mike Markwith at the 2012 Charleston Conference. Did y’all know that Mike was at the very first Chas. conf and I don’t think he has missed one since!

On January 18, ProQuest  signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ebook Library (EBL). Since 2004, EBL has earned a reputation as an innovator in the library market by deploying creative business models for e-books, and providing librarian-friendly workflow support. The acquisition of EBL will further ProQuest’s goal of enabling researchers to discover content across multiple formats including books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, and video. It will be interesting to see how this plays out!

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Danny Jones, husband of Rajia Tobia, Executive Director at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Libraries. Danny fell and sustained a very severe head injury. He passed away on January 18, his birthday. In her statement, Rajia wrote, Danny was a loving husband and father, the very best. He was fun loving, enjoyed life and the occasional glass of fine wine. When you remember Danny, remember the good times. Danny retired a year ago from his position as Director of the library at Texas Biomed. He previously worked at Harrassowitz, was for many years Head of Collection Development at the UTHSCSA Briscoe Library and was a medical librarian at the University of South Alabama.  What a great guy!


The wonderful Tom Gilson represented Against the Grain and the Charleston Conference at ALA Midwinter in Seattle. One of his many visits was to Aux Amateurs and Touzot who have moved in together at 62, ave.de Suffren in Paris. The move is largely complete and the website is functioning. Watch for our interview in a future issue or ATG!


Speaking of interviews, have y’all visited the Conference website to see our most recent Penthouse interviews with Annette Thomas (Macmillan), Alison Mudditt (U. of California Press), Stanley Wilder (UNC Charlotte), Eric Hellman (Gluejar), and Peter Binfield (PeerJ) ? Check them out!


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