People in the News 9/4/14

by | Sep 4, 2014 | 0 comments


According to this article in the Emory News Center “it was while working in the graduate library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that Yolanda Cooper felt her first stirrings around the idea of building a career within academic libraries.

She was a college student at the time, and though she’d grown up in a family that valued books and reading, there was something about the stately brick building, with its millions of volumes, special collections and cavernous reading rooms, that Cooper found especially inspiring.

She had arrived at a historic moment, as the library — one of the nation’s largest university research libraries at the time — was just beginning to enter the world of automation, among the first university libraries in the U.S. to offer an online catalog.

And Cooper was deeply entrenched in the process. “I became involved in the migration from print holdings to automation — taking cards and turning them into computer records — as the libraries first developed that online catalog,” recalls Cooper, who assumed her role as Emory’s new university librarian in January.

Within her job, Cooper now oversees many facets of the Robert W. Woodruff Library and its affiliate branches, including areas of content, services, scholarly communications, campus and community affairs, and library administration, as well as the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Books Library (MARBL).

She came to Emory amid a wave of change — from ongoing teaching and technological innovations around digital scholarship to physical renovations within MARBL and the Woodruff Library tower, as well as the development of a new, shared library service center between Emory and Georgia Institute of Technology, now under construction on the Briarcliff property.

According to this post on the CHORUS website Executive Director, Howard Ratner is “pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Spilka as CHORUS’ Marketing and Communications Director, effective 2 September 2014. Susan joins CHORUS by way of Wiley, where she led Corporate Communications for two decades, and served as the company’s chief spokesperson during a period of tremendous company and industry change. No stranger to the scholarly publishing community, she developed communications strategies, campaigns, and content for company, industry, and public-private initiatives including CrossRef and Research4Life.

Prior to her tenure at Wiley, Susan held marketing and corporate communications positions for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City Council President Carol Bellamy.  She received her B.A. from Reed College and is currently completing Certification in Digital Media Marketing from NYU.

Reporting to me, Susan will serve on our Communications Working Group and will be responsible for CHORUS’s marketing, communications, and business development. In the coming months, she will help develop our key partnerships and build our membership ranks.

You can reach her at

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