People in the News 9/3/13

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mark-smith - Texas State Library and Archives Commission Selects New Agency Executive

“The seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission today unanimously selected Mark Smith for the position of Director and Librarian, the agency’s chief executive also known as the Texas State Librarian.

Mark Smith currently serves as the Vice President of West Coast Operations for Library Systems and Services (LSSI) of Germantown, Maryland, and oversees all LSSI contracts for California and Oregon. He has been with LSSI since September 1999…

“The commission conducted a nationwide search for this very important position,” said TSLAC Chairman Michael C. Waters of Dallas. “We had an accomplished and impressive pool of applicants, and we’re excited and proud to welcome Mark Smith into service for the State of Texas…”

Just weeks after resigning from a key position in the White House the United States’ lead copyright officer has joined an ant-piracy trade group that lobbies for influence in the government on behalf of technology corporations.

Victoria Espinel spent four years as the nation’s copyright czar, where she quietly played a role in negotiations between the music industry, film industry, and Internet service providers (ISPs) to disrupt a customer’s internet service if that individual was accused of downloading copyrighted material…”

And in case you missed it “Trevor A. Dawes, associate university librarian, recently was installed as president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), an international organization serving academic libraries and information professionals.

Dawes was appointed as an associate university librarian at Washington University Libraries in February. He oversees subject librarians, library outreach, collections, and many of the school and departmental libraries. Prior to his arrival at WUSTL, he worked at Princeton University Library and Columbia University Libraries…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Global healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has announced that international cardiology title, Heart, is set to take a new direction as it appoints its first US Editor-in-chief. Catherine Otto, the J Ward Kennedy-Hamilton Endowed Chair in Cardiology, and Professor of Medicine at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, USA, has been named the new Editor-in-chief of Heart, starting in December…”

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