ATG People in the News 10/18/17

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The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director Davita Vance-Cooks names Laurie Hall the Superintendent of Documents. She has been serving as Acting Superintendent of Documents since April 2016…

In this capacity Hall will oversee the operations of the agency’s Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) business unit with a staff of approximately 95 librarians and other information professionals. LSCM administers four major congressionally-mandated information dissemination programs: the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the Cataloging & Indexing Program, the International Exchange Service, and the By-Law Distribution Program. She will also be responsible for supporting the implementation of strategic programs and operations in partnership with depository libraries and in collaboration with other GPO business units and Federal agencies.

Hall has been with GPO since 1985, most recently serving as LSCM’s Managing Director. Since 1992, she has worked on key agency initiatives, including the acquisition of GPO’s first Integrated Library System. Additionally, Hall has worked on projects to deliver cataloging records created by GPO staff to FDLP libraries through GPO’s Cataloging Record Distribution Project. She also managed the National Bibliographic Records Inventory Program, an initiative to identify and catalog both historic and new content for GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP). The Bibliographic Inventory includes many projects, such as the conversion of GPO’s Historic Shelflist of U.S. Government Publications (1880-1992) and the development and implementation of cooperative cataloging partnerships with libraries in the FDLP to identify fugitive publications and link to recently digitized U.S. Government publications. A new project sponsored by Hall beginning in 2013 is the Web harvesting of agency content. The roles held by Hall since joining GPO have been fundamental to the digital transformation of key agency initiatives.

Prior to GPO, Hall worked in a variety of corporate, public, and academic libraries. She began working with the Federal Depository Library Program while working in the documents collection at Georgetown University, Lauinger Library. Ms. Hall earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History and American Studies at the University of Virginia and her Master’s degree in Library Science at Catholic University.

John Wiley and Sons, Inc. … announced that Brian A. Napack has been named its new President and CEO, effective December 4. Mr. Napack succeeds Matthew Kissner, who has served as interim CEO since May of 2017. Mr. Kissner, a 14-year veteran of Wiley’s Board of Directors, will remain as Chairman…

Mr. Napack has an extensive background as a leader and innovator in the media, education, and information industries. He comes to Wiley from Providence Equity Partners, a global private equity firm with more than $50 billion under management, where he has been a Senior Advisor focused on investments in education and media.

Mr. Napack currently serves as a Director on the Boards of Blackboard, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Burning Glass, Ingram Industries, Recorded Books, myON, Synergis Education, and Zero To Three, a science-based early childhood advocacy organization. Due to the Wiley appointment, he will transition off certain of these boards.

Before joining Providence in 2012, Mr. Napack served as president of Macmillan, the global content publisher, where he oversaw businesses in education, consumer books, digital media and magazines. At Macmillan, he helped to drive significant, profitable growth and to transform the company from a traditional publisher to an innovative provider of digital content, tools, and services to its rapidly changing institutional and consumer markets. Macmillan’s brands include Farrar Strauss & Giroux; St. Martin’s Press; Henry Holt; Bedford, Freeman, & Worth; and Scientific American.

Prior to Macmillan, Mr. Napack was a partner at LEK Consulting, a global management consulting firm, where he led strategy, operations, and M&A engagements throughout the media, entertainment, and communications industries. Before that, he founded and was CEO of ThinkBox, a digital media company focused on pre K-12 education. At The Walt Disney Company, he founded and ran Disney Educational Publishing and was a co-founder of Disney Interactive. Earlier in his career, he held senior roles at Simon & Schuster, the global publishing company, and A.T. Kearney, a leading management consulting company. Mr. Napack received his MBA from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Middlebury College…”


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