ARL News reporst that “the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has named Association of Research Libraries (ARL) staff member Elizabeth Waraksa as a Distinguished Presidential Fellow for a two-year term, effective June 1, 2018. Waraksa is program director for research and strategic initiatives at ARL. CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.
At the Association of Research Libraries, Waraksa works on projects in workforce development, scholarly communication, and innovation. Prior to joining ARL in 2015, she served as librarian for Middle Eastern studies and lecturer in Near Eastern languages and cultures and the study of religion at UCLA. From 2007 to 2009, she was a CLIR postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Library, where she worked on the open access UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology among other projects. She has participated in archaeological excavations in Egypt, Italy, and Israel, and published on topics ranging from Egyptian female figurines to the benefits of collaboration.
Waraksa’s new CLIR fellowship will focus on global digital resources, particularly those highlighting the cultural heritage of the Near and Middle East, and the opportunities that these resources offer scholars, library and information studies professionals, local and heritage communities, and all who are curious to learn more about our shared human history. She will explore how global digital collections are being leveraged in research, teaching, and learning today, and the kinds of new questions we can ask of these increasingly large and complex digital collections. She will also consider how data creators and stewards like librarians, archivists, curators, oral historians, community leaders, developers, and others can best exchange their knowledge and expertise…”
OCLC Research is pleased to announce that Chela Scott Weber has joined the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) as Senior Program Officer. In this role, Weber will help enact the OCLC research and learning agenda that she crafted in 2017 as she served as a practitioner researcher-in-residence.
Working with OCLC colleagues and the RLP network, she will shape learning and engagement programming that will move the community forward in this strategically important area for research libraries as well as serving as a liaison to broader special collections and archives communities.
Weber’s appointment is a natural extension of her previous work as OCLC practitioner researcher-in-residence. For that project, she worked collaboratively with OCLC program officers and RLP member institutions to investigate and shape the OCLC research agenda, focusing on the areas of challenge and opportunity for special collections, archives, and distinctive collections with research and academic libraries…
Weber was most recently the Head of Library and Collections at the California Historical Society (CHS). Before CHS and serving as the OCLC researcher practitioner-in-residence, she was Head of Archival Collections Management for NYU Libraries, and previously served there as Associate Head and Acting Head of the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives…”
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.