ATG People in the News 1/11/17

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ARL News reports that “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has named Joseph (Jody) Dale Combs Jr. as a visiting program officer for accessibility to advance ARL’s captioning initiative, from January through June 2017. Combs is associate university librarian at Vanderbilt University.

In recent years ARL has been engaged in ensuring effective and timely access to information resources for people with disabilities. Within this focus area of accessibility, the Association is now concentrating on opportunities for member libraries to caption videos and mixed-media resources, thereby providing full access for all members of the campus and library communities.

In his role as an ARL visiting program officer for accessibility, Combs will meet with library and higher education stakeholders from across the US and Canada to learn more about their particular interests in accessibility and captioning. He will research issues regarding the tools, integration, interoperability, scope, and infrastructure for a variety of potential shared or individual repositories of captioned files. Combs will work with ARL staff to share ideas and plan future activities for the captioning initiative…

At Vanderbilt, Combs has served the university’s libraries in a variety of capacities since 1994, most recently as interim dean of libraries from 2014 to 2016. Under his leadership as associate dean of libraries for IT, Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive redeveloped its website and upgraded its digital recording infrastructure. Beginning in 2012, Combs established the Scholarly Communications team in the library, focusing on digital scholarship and encompassing open access advocacy, electronic publishing, GIS and census information, and the institutional repository. He coordinated the development of a digital exhibits infrastructure for the 2010 renovation of the Central Library and Special Collections Gallery. He was also project lead for Vanderbilt’s development partnership with Ex Libris to create the Primo discovery platform.

Combs is active in the research library profession. He was selected as a fellow for the Council on Library and Information Resources/EDUCAUSE Leading Change Institute class of 2014. He has served on numerous national committees and is currently a member of the Coalition for Networked Information Steering Committee. Combs is the author of numerous articles and presentations on technologies in libraries and speaks regularly at conferences…”

According to The Source “Denise Stephens, university librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), has been appointed vice provost and university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 1, according to Provost Holden Thorp. Stephens succeeds Jeffrey G. Trzeciak, who left the university last July…

Stephens will manage University Librariesnine locations, the system’s vast archives and special collections, and 156 professional and support staff.

She also will oversee the continued construction of the reimagined John M. Olin Library, which is slated to debut in spring 2018. The transformed Olin Library will provide new spaces for study and exploration, enhanced technology, a new north entrance, a vault to house the university’s growing special collections and an exhibition space, which will display a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence

During her five years at UCSB, Stephens planned and executed the $80 million expansion and renovation of the university’s library. She also managed a collection of nearly 10 million books, e-books, electronic journals and digital objects. In addition, she developed a scholarly communications program and launched the Intradisciplinary Research Collaboratory, which supports data-centric study and research projects.

During her tenure as university librarian, Stephens also served two years as interim chief information officer. In that role, she implemented a central information technology services division responsible for the campus network, IT security, telecommunications and other functions.

Prior to UCSB, Stephens worked at the University of Kansas, where she held positions as strategic and organizational research librarian, information management coordinator and vice provost for information services. She also served as a librarian at Syracuse University, the University of Virginia and the University of Oklahoma. Stephens earned both her undergraduate degree and master of library and information science from the University of Oklahoma…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “VitalSource Technologies LLC today announced the addition of Jennifer Solomon as its Director of Market Development…

Prior to coming to VitalSource, Solomon spent 15 years driving sales efforts for Jones & Bartlett Learning, a leading provider of educational content as a sales manager, then Vice President of Sales, Education Curriculum Solutions, and later Vice President, Academic and Professional Sales.

Jenn is an alumna of University of Massachusetts at Boston. A mother of three, she is an avid runner, competing in the past two Boston Marathons as a charity runner on behalf of Boston Children’s Hospital. She has begun training for the 2017 running of the marathon.

Tim Ridgway has been named Senior Marketing Manager for VitalSource. He is based in the Boston office and oversees marketing support for publisher business…

Prior to joining VitalSource, Tim was Vice President of Marketing for thirteen years at Califone International, a B2B supplier of educationally focused audio gear. He led the company’s transformation of its products and focus from analog to digital, creating opportunities for use with assessments and partnerships with content publishers…”



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