ATG People in the News 7/12/16

by | Jul 12, 2016 | 0 comments

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infoDOCKET notes that brief interview with David Leonard, new President of the Boston Public Library recently appeared in Boston Magazine.

From the Interview:

The Boston Public Library may have gone through a slightly bumpy stretch, between missing artwork and its issues finding a new president, but with newly chosen president David Leonard at the helm, things seem likely to settle down. Plus, a brand new renovation will finally be open to the public this weekend. With an eye to the future, we thought it was time to get to know Leonard and what he has in mind for his new job.

While he says the renovation is project 1, he has an idea for what he’d like to do next.

“I am in the process of starting a series of listening sessions, initially with internal stakeholders, and then over the next couple of months we’ll broaden that out to members of the community and other important input, and I think that will feed then what our strategy over the next three, five, maybe even ten years will be.”

Read the Complete Interview

According to ALA News “The Gleason Book Award Committee of the American Library Association (ALA) Library History Round Table (LHRT) is pleased to present the 2016 Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award to Cheryl Knott, associate professor at the School of Information at the University of Arizona, for “Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow” (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015). Presented every third year, the Gleason Award recognizes the best book written in English in the field of library history.

Library Technology Guides reports that “Andrew K. Pace, OCLC Executive Director, WorldShare Community Development, took his seat on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Pace was elected to the Executive Board by ALA Council in January during the 2016 ALA Midwinter Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. He will serve a three-year term concluding in June 2019.

Pace has served on ALA Council since 2011. He has served on numerous committees within ALA and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and served as the 2008-2009 LITA president. He is also a member of ALCTS, ACRL, the Public Library Association (PLA), the Library, Leadership, and Management Association (LLAMA), the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Intellectual Freedom Round Table. Pace holds a BA in Rhetoric & Communication Studies from the University of Virginia, and an MSLS from the Catholic University of America…”

Library Technology Guides also notes that “the DuraSpace organization today announced Jonathan Markow’s retirement from his position as Chief Strategy Officer for DuraSpace, effective November, 2016.

CEO Debra Hanken Kurtz said, “With heavy hearts and a deep appreciation for everything that Jonathan has accomplished for our community and our organization during his tenure at DuraSpace, we wish our friend and colleague every success and much happiness.”

Jonathan Markow joined DuraSpace in March, 2011 as Chief Strategy Officer. He brought years of experience in open source software strategy and community leadership to the position.

His time at DuraSpace was marked by several key achievements. He helped design the first formal governance structure around a new membership model in collaboration with community stakeholders in 2013-2014. The initiative clarified that the key reason for institutions to “join” DuraSpace was to play a leading role in our shared digital future based on principles of openness, inclusion and sustained contribution. Markow suggested that it was in the mutual interest of DuraSpace members, partners and stakeholders to participate together in sustaining open source projects that enable preservation, access to, and discovery of the world’s intellectual, cultural and scientific heritage…”

Prior to joining DuraSpace he served as Executive Director of JASIG, the non-profit organization providing stewardship for open source software projects created by and for the benefit of higher education…”

According to GalleyCat “Shannon Welch has received a promotion at the Simon & Schuster imprint, Scribner. Henceforth, she will hold the title of executive editor.

Welch first joined Scribner back in 2012. Her list features memoirs, books on health, and books on wellness.

Some of the high-profile books Welch has worked on in the past include The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, and the soon-to-be published A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston. Other forthcoming projects from her list include The Impatient Foodie by Elettra Wiedemann, Running Man by Charlie Engle, and Raising Human Beings by Dr. Ross Greene.

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