“In a ceremony attended by her family and friends along with GPO employees, business partners, and other stakeholders, Davita Vance-Cooks took the oath of office as Public Printer of the United States today. She was sworn in by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. President Barack Obama nominated her for the position in May 2013 and she was confirmed by unanimous consent of the Senate on Aug 1, 2013.
A graduate of Tufts University with an MBA from Columbia University, Vance-Cooks brings more than 30 years of private sector and Government managerial experience to the position of Public Printer, including nine years of senior and executive management at GPO. Her tenure as Acting Public Printer from January 2012 to August 2013 is the longest in GPO’s history. Her confirmation marked the swiftest Senate action on a Public Printer nominee in nearly 20 years.
While Vance-Cooks is the 27th person to hold the title of Public Printer in the agency’s history, she is the first African-American and the first woman ever to be nominated and confirmed as Public Printer…”
- Copyright Clearance Center’s Heather Reid Elected Chair of the National Information Standards Organization
Reid will also serve on NISO’s Open Access (OA) Indicators working group, which is charged with developing a metadata standard for indicating the OA status of a given article.
Reid has more than 25 years’ experience in libraries and publishing, including past positions at the Harvard University Library and EBSCO Publishing. In her current position, she leads teams responsible for maintaining CCC’s database of bibliographic and rights data. She also sits on the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Rights Committee, which is developing a standard format to express rights information, and BISG’s Content Structure Committee, which develops best practices for representing book content for print and digital output…”
by Mark A. Puente | 202-296-2296 | email@example.com | on August 22, 2013
The ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership has selected 15 masters of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2013–2015 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL Diversity Scholars
The ARL IRDW offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and a research library visit hosted by the Purdue University Libraries. The IRDW is underwritten by ARL member libraries. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy…The 2013–2015 Diversity Scholars are:
- Joanna Chen, University of California, Los Angeles
- James Cheng, University of Texas at Austin
- Andrea Devlin, University of Rhode Island
- Rhonda Evans, Pratt Institute
- Pia Hunter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Rhonda Jones, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Melissa Kahili, University of Washington
- Rebecca Nieto, McGill University
- Paula Pascual, University of Michigan
- Conrad Pegues, Kent State University
- Sarah Pham, University of California, Los Angeles
- Saira Raza, University of North Texas
- Joel Sanders, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Nelson Santana, Drexel University
- Madeline Sheldon, University of Michigan
For more information about the IRDW, visit the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce website.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.