People in the News 9/17/13

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 ithaka-sr-logo - www.arl.orgIthaka S+R Hires Anthropologist and Library Redesign Expert Nancy Fried Foster

InfoDOCKET reports from a From an ITHAKA S+R E-Mail that “Nancy Fried Foster, an anthropologist and well-known expert in helping libraries redesign their spaces and services to meet the needs of today’s researchers, has joined the not-for-profit research and consulting group Ithaka S+R.

Widely recognized for her work at the University of Rochester Libraries that began in 2003 , Foster has consulted with a growing number of libraries in the United States and other countries, helping them to understand their local and remote users and to design vastly improved spaces, services, and technologies to meet their needs. She has also published books, one on eXtensible Catalog and another on studying students (a  third is forthcoming from the American Library Association this fall), and has led numerous workshops to share her experience and educate librarians on using participatory design processes in their work.

Foster bring a critical new component: using anthropological methods to enhance libraries’ understanding of their users and what they do each day, and translating this into clear ways that libraries can reshape themselves to have a greater impact…”

Peter Binfield, the publisher of the innovative open-access journal PeerJ, talks with host Stewart Wills about progress at PeerJ in the seven months since the journal’s launch, its unique business model, the key role of cost control at making PeerJ sustainable…

GalleyCat reports that “the eBooks, audiobooks, music and video distributor OverDrive has named its first chief strategy officer, choosing YouTube veteran Lee C. Milstein.

The executive will lead a whole slate of new services at the digital company that distributes eBooks to libraries and schools…

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