The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) is pleased to announce that Anne Osterman will serve as the next VIVA Director, effective May 25, 2015. She comes to the consortium with an extensive background in academic libraries and consortial services, and brings an expert knowledge of both the challenges facing today’s academic libraries and emerging innovative responses to those challenges.
Anne will be working with the members of the VIVA steering committee and with academic library leaders from various institutions across Virginia to continue and build upon VIVA’s success. In the role of Director, Anne will further advance VIVA’s mission, vision, and goals. Her duties will encompass planning, implementation, and evaluation of VIVA’s overall program, projects, and activities including developing funding proposals, negotiating licenses and managing vendor relations. Her additional duties will include the promotion and representation of VIVA within the higher education community, and advocacy on behalf of VIVA within Virginia. She will be responsible for the VIVA annual budget, manage the VIVA procurement process, and provide administrative support to the VIVA Steering Committee as well as other key VIVA standing committees and task forces.
“We are thrilled to be able to work with Anne in her new capacity as director of VIVA, and look forward to seeing her carry on the successful leadership of this dynamic organization,” said Carrie Cooper, chair of the VIVA Steering Committee and Dean of the Libraries at William and Mary.
Before joining VIVA as deputy director in 2012, Anne worked for nearly eight years in positions of increasing responsibility at American University Library in Washington, DC. She held the position of Director of the Information Service Delivery department when she left to join the VIVA office. She also held public services positions at the University of North Carolina—Charlotte and at Western Piedmont Community College in North Carolina.
She earned her baccalaureate degree from Florida State University, a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s in statistics from American University.
Her primary research interests are related to electronic resources, from licensing to knowledge base management to product analysis. She recently co-authored a monograph, Electronic Resource Management: Practical Perspectives in a New Technical Services Model (Chandos Publishing, 2012).
Anne will succeed Kathy Perry, who has provided exemplary leadership for the VIVA program during the past 21 years, and who will be retiring in late May.
VIVA is the consortium of the libraries of 72 nonprofit higher education institutions in Virginia, including 39 state-assisted colleges and universities within the Commonwealth of Virginia, 32 independent private, nonprofit institutions, and The Library of Virginia. VIVA’s mission is to provide, in an equitable, cooperative, and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for Virginia’s academic libraries serving the nonprofit higher education community. VIVA is funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and by investments from participating institutions.
Heather Kotula, formerly the marketing coordinator for Access Innovations, has expanded her role to assume the duties of Director of Communications. Since starting at Access Innovations in 1995, Heather has succeeded admirably in each role she has taken on and, through her hard work and skill, has been integral to the growth of the business. This will continue as she oversees marketing and sales, as well as shepherding new initiatives to fruition. Margie Hlava, President of Access Innovations, remarked, “Heather knows this business as well as anybody and her unique skillset is perfect for her new role. We at Access Innovations are very excited about the new prospects and opportunities she will bring to the company.”
Heather remarks, “I am thrilled to be stepping into this new role. Over the years, having seen nearly every aspect of the business, I am in a fantastic position to leverage my experience and knowledge into the emergent markets that we are pursuing. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for myself and Access Innovations.”
Heather began as a financial analyst at Access Innovations and has been a part of nearly every aspect of the company, from production work to administration to marketing and sales. She has led various departments to develop budgets, design and produce marketing materials, and acquire space and hire staff for corporate expansion. Additionally, she has worked directly with clients to ensure customer satisfaction, attended and participated in conferences and trade shows, and will continue to coordinate the annual Data Harmony Users Group (DHUG) meetings.
Heather earned her bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from the University of New Mexico and her MBA from New Mexico State University. When not organizing new marketing and sales initiatives, Heather enjoys various crafting activities, such as quilting and painting, as well as gourmet cooking, hiking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and three dogs.
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.