UA News reports that “Dr. Donald L. Gilstrap, dean and professor of University Libraries at Wichita State University, has been named dean of the University Libraries at The University of Alabama.

The appointment is effective Jan. 4, 2016, said Dr. Kevin Whitaker, UA’s interim provost, in making the announcement.

Gilstrap has 20 years of experience in academic libraries, including the University of Oklahoma, the University of Connecticut, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the Connecticut Community College System.  He has served as the chief administrative officer of the main and branch libraries, as well as special collections, for Wichita State since 2011, and he also serves as a professor of educational leadership at WSU…”

ALAnews reports that “documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Terry Tempest Williams join Donna Seaman, Booklist editor for adult books, for the popular ALA Midwinter Meeting ERT/Booklist Author Forum. They will discuss “The Writer as Witness,” talking about the challenges…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “Joachim Jung has been named Executive Director for the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF). Joachim will take up the post on December 1, 2015 and will lead OPF in its mission to sustain technology and knowledge for the long-term management of digital cultural heritage.

Joachim has a long term interest in open communities, and brings nearly 10 years experience of working in cultural heritage organisations. He was Project Manager for the EU FP7 SCAPE (Scalable Preservation Environments) project from 2011-2014, overseeing the development and delivery of scalable, open source services for digital preservation…

Joachim takes on the role of Executive Director from Ed Fay who returned to the London School of Economics in a new role as Head of Digital Scholarship and Innovation in October…”

According to infoDOCKET “bibliotheca confirmed that both Matt Tempelis, who previously led Library Systems at 3M, and Matthew Bellamy have joined the new bibliotheca group in senior positions on the Executive Committee. Matt Tempelis, who becomes President of Americas, will now be responsible for the North and South American business and Matthew Bellamy will focus on global commercial alignment in his new role as Chief Commercial Officer. Additionally, bibliotheca confirmed that almost all of the former 3M Library Systems dedicated staff have decided to join the new bibliotheca group, including the entire former management team…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports thatLM Information Delivery, … has announced the appointment of Elizabeth T. Just as Director of Publisher Relations for North America. Elizabeth brings a wealth of experience in the information industry to LM, having worked in STM publishing for nearly 20 years…”