ATG People in the News 11/1/17

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infoDOCKET reports that “the Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce that John S. Bracken has been selected to be the next Executive Director of DPLA, beginning December 4, 2017. A demonstrated leader in the field of digital innovation with nearly two decades of experience at philanthropic foundations, Bracken will lead DPLA in its next chapter of development, as the organization embarks upon its fifth year of operation.

As Executive Director, Bracken will lead DPLA’s staff, board, and key stakeholders in developing a clear vision and strategy for DPLA’s future. Bracken will build on the great foundation already in place, and focus on continued growth, innovation, and services for our partners and users. Bracken brings the requisite vision and passion to lead DPLA at this exciting juncture as well as broad experience working with public libraries and cultural institutions, digital media, and foundations…”

John Danneker is the director of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. John has been an ACRL member since 2008 and joined the ACRL Circle of Friends in 2012.

According to Salone News “Madam Miriam Conteh-Morgan has been an educator for over 35 years, starting her career as an English teacher at her alma mater, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, and Albert Academy in Freetown. At the tertiary level, she taught Linguistics at the University of Sierra Leone, English as a Second Language at various universities in Ohio and Harvard University in Massachussetts, and African Literature and information studies courses at The Ohio State University in the US.

Also an academic librarian, she was the subject specialist for Linguistics, French and African Studies at the latter institution, where she expanded the library collection to include more materials from sub-Saharan Africa, especially videos about the continent and books published there. “I would consider the starting of the African comic books collection as the achievement I am most proud of while at OSU,” she states. She gained tenure and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2005. Though she says she loved and thrived in her job there, after about 22 years in the US, the strong pull of home could no longer be ignored.

She returned to the University of Sierra Leone in 2013 to head the library at a constituent college, the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM); she is also the Deputy University Librarian. She currently is leading or participating in a number of institutional and national initiatives and projects aimed at modernising academic libraries and librarianship, and re-energising and revitalising teaching, research and publication in the country. Exciting as this is, one of the depressing things she feels is that there are not more women in higher academic ranks to be involved in these course-changing activities – she is one of two women at the professor rank at the University of Sierra Leone; the other, a full professor who, she boasts, is also an alumna of St. Joseph’s!”

Some of the new faces that are ‘moving and shaking’ within the new and older facilities at Genesee Community College’s Batavia Campus include two new directors overseeing the Alfred C. O’Connell Library and the overall Buildings and Grounds Department…

Over the summer, GCC’s Alfred C. O’Connell Library welcomed a new Director of Library Services, Jessica R. Olin. Olin previously served as the director of the Robert H. Parker Library at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware and the information literacy librarian at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio; and a research services librarian at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Olin earned her Master’s Degree in Education through an online program run by at Touro University International in Cypress California in 2007, her Master’s of Library Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts in 2003, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland in 1994. Olin brings over 14 years of experience working in academic libraries in various areas around the United States. “I am excited about building relationships with the College administration, faculty, students and staff,” Olin said. “I am thrilled to be a part of such a highly respected institution and library system.” Olin resides in Rochester, NY and enjoys knitting, hiking and cooking during her spare time…”


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