Jim Mullins, dean of libraries and the Esther Ellis Norton Professor, has announced that he will retire from Purdue on Dec. 31.
“Since joining Purdue in 2004, Jim has instituted innovative changes to improve and promote access to research and information for faculty, staff, students and visitors to Purdue,” says Deba Dutta, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. “Under Jim’s leadership, Purdue Libraries has emerged as an international leader in information literacy — including the first endowed professorship — scholarly communication, data management, and archives and special collections. He has helped Purdue conceptualize and create a new form of library and learning spaces, a vision that will be fully realized with the opening this fall of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.”
In 2015, Purdue Libraries received the Excellence in University Library Award of the Association of College and Research Libraries, the highest distinction among academic libraries in the U.S. In 2016, Mullins received the prestigious Hugh A. Atkinson Award by the American Library Association in recognition of his outstanding leadership and his many contributions to research libraries.
Mullins’ contributions extend beyond Purdue. He has served in leadership roles in organizations such as the Association of Research Libraries, International Association of Technological University Libraries, International Federation of Library Associations, American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Academic Libraries of Indiana. In addition, he has maintained a consistent scholarly publication and presentation agenda.
Plans to launch a search for identifying the next leader for Purdue Libraries will be announced in the coming weeks, Dutta says…”
Citing the Library of Congress, infoDOCKET reports that “Paulette Marie Hasier has been appointed chief of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress. Hasier has nearly 20 years of library and geospatial information program management experience, most recently as branch chief of the U. S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT Research Center and Pentagon Map Library. Hasier is the ninth person and first woman to be named chief of the division since its creation in 1897.
Hasier earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Northern Illinois University and a master’s in history and a master’s in library science from the University of North Texas. She received her doctoral degree in transatlantic history from the University of Texas at Arlington, with a focus on early French mapping of the United States.
Following her academic training, Hasier began her career as a librarian at the Dallas Public Library in Texas, in charge of Dallas history and archives with special collections, including historical maps. Hasier then worked as a librarian/director of the Business Information Center at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business in a premier integrated digital library environment.
Upon her move to the Washington D.C. area, Hasier worked in the private sector as manager of Education and Member Services at OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) CAPCON (Capital Area Library Network), where she established metrics for its training courses and built computerized training modules. She encouraged OCLC personnel to offer online courses to better serve its customers and diversified their ability to support topics, in both reference and technical-service areas…”
According to Library Technology Guides “the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that John Walsh, director of library services at Cochise College, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award.
The $750 award and plaque, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Walsh at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
“The committee members were immediately impressed by the ten letters of support that John Walsh received, all of which praised him for the initiative he showed in the creation of a community college consortium in Arizona,” said award co-chairs Abbie Basile of Tidewater Community College and Sandra McCarthy of Washtenaw Community College. “The fact that he was successful in bringing every community college together in a consortium to improve library buying power and other collaboration opportunities demonstrates his impressive leadership, communication, and organizational skills. The committee is pleased to offer Walsh this award in recognition of this great achievement.”
Walsh received his M.S.L.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona…”
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.