ATG People in the News 6/29/15

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Karim B. Boughida

Karim B. Boughida

URI appoints international scholar as new dean of University Libraries

An International pioneer in library/information science and digital library development, Karim B. Boughida of Washington, D.C., has been appointed dean of University Libraries at The University of Rhode Island. Donald H. DeHayes, URI provost and vice president for Academic Affairs made the appointment following a national search.

Currently the associate university librarian for digital initiatives and content management at George Washington University, Boughida will begin his new role on August 11. He will relieve Professor Cheryl Ann McCarthy of Portsmouth, R.I., who has served as interim dean during the past year…

Fluent in Arabic, French and English, Boughida is a frequent public speaker on library, information technology and data issues, and has spoken at the Digital Library Federation, the Museum Computer Network and the Coalition for Networked Information. He was one of five experts invited to discuss the International Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative (Bibframe) at the U.S. Library of Congress and was recently named to the editorial board of the prestigious International Journal on Digital Libraries and the VIVO-DuraSpace leadership group that is focused on the discovery and linkage of researchers across institutions worldwide…

Boughida has served at George Washington University since 2008 where he is responsible for overall leadership, strategy development and technology expertise. He has developed innovative policies and implemented changes in digital planning and services within the library system and the Washington Research Library Consortium. He led the reorganization of traditional library processing services into technology savvy units by implementing R&D, open source and continuous training. He also secured many grants through a variety of federal funding sources.

Before joining GWU, Dean Boughida was senior information systems architect at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Calif., which is an international research leader in arts, education, and humanities. At the Getty Research Institute for seven years, he managed national digital library development projects, including the examination of digital preservation systems. Earlier in his career, he managed digital library products at Endeavor Information Systems in Chicago, and held senior information management and archives positions in Canada and in his native country of Algeria

“The membership of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has elected new leadership for the 2015-2016 term that begins on July 1, 2015. Mike Teets, Executive Director, Strategy, Governance & Architecture at OCLC, who was elected last year and has served as Vice Chair during the current term, will become Chair of NISO for the 2015-16 term. B. Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry Technologies, Inc., has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors. She will transition into the chairmanship in the 2016-17 term next July. Usdin has long been a leader in the technology around content markup and publishing production process and has organized a number of community efforts and conferences on the subject. She has served as an active member of NISO’s Board of Directors since 2013 and has been a member of the NISO Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) working group. She currently also serves as Co-Chair of the JATS standing committee. Gerry Grenier, Director of Publishing Technologies at IEEE, who is completing his term as Chair, will cycle into the role as Past Chair on the NISO Board of Directors Executive Committee when his term as Chair ends on June 30, 2015…”

By Ann-Christe Galloway

“Matt Marsteller, senior librarian at the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, has been selected for a three-year position on the Governing Council of SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics,


Stephanie Hardy has been named director of library services at Southern Virginia University.

Elizabeth A. M. Howard has been appointed interim library director of the West Library at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. Howard was the digital repository and collections librarian before her current appointment. She has been with Wesleyan for five years.

Christopher Richardson has been appointed library director and director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Ann D. Thornton has been named university librarian and vice provost at Columbia University Libraries. Thornton comes to Columbia after almost two decades at the New York Public Libraries, where she was the Andrew W. Mellon director. Thornton has held a series of senior leadership positions at the New York Public Libraries, spanning the sciences, business, the humanities, and social sciences. She has been responsible for collecting, preserving, and presenting the institution’s vast collections. She has also helped lead in the areas of electronic resources, reference and research services, and public training. Before coming to New York, she was a systems librarian with the University of Houston Libraries…”


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