June 22, 2016

People

Tony Ageh on the Convergence of Cultural Institutions and Taking the Art Home

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On April 11, Tony Ageh became New York Public Library’s (NYPL) chief digital officer, responsible for developing strategy for the ongoing digital transformation of the institution, which includes making its collections and services as accessible as possible both locally and globally. Ageh most recently held a variety of leadership positions at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, beginning in 2002. There he created and implemented the BBC iPlayer, an Internet television and radio streaming service, which has delivered over 10 billion programs to British users, and acted as controller of the BBC’s Archive Strategy, partnering with such organizations as the British Library and the Open Data Institute on the Digital Public Space, an open access approach to learning and cultural resources.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Tony Ageh joins New York Public Library as Chief Digital Officer; Simon J. Neame named Dean of Libraries, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Nicole Powell to join Every­Library; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the May 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Megan Lotts: If You Build It, They Will Come (to the Library)

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When Megan Lotts sat down to work with LEGO bricks for the first time at the March 2014 i2c2 Conference in Manchester, UK, more clicked for her than just the plastic bricks. Once she returned from the conference, Lotts—arts librarian on the research and instructional services library faculty at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ—sourced 150 pounds of discarded LEGO bricks and installed a LEGO station at the Rutgers Arts Library. There, for the past two years, students and faculty have gathered to work through logistical problems, de-stress, and simply play. Lotts offers LEGO workshops, uses LEGO bricks in course assignments, and has taken a sabbatical to bring them on a 6,000-mile road trip to universities across the country to demonstrate the Making power—and the joy—LEGO bricks can bring to an academic library.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Ivan Gaetz to be Dean of University of Wyoming Libraries, Laramie; Marilynne Robinson to receive Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction; Inga Waite appointed Director, Monterey Public Library, CA; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the May 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

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ALA President-Elect Jim Neal: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

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Voting for the American Library Association (ALA) 2017–18 presidential election closed on April 22, and when the votes were tallied on April 29 James G. (Jim) Neal had won the role of president-elect in a close race. A total of 10,230 ballots were cast—marginally up from last year’s 10,119. Neal edged out opponents Christine Lind Hage and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe with 34.6 percent of the vote.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Dana Bostrom appointed Executive Director of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, Corvallis, OR; Micah Kleit named Director of Rutgers University Press; Gabriel Morley named permanent Director of Atlanta–Fulton County Library System; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the April 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Mariana Ramirez Godinez, High School Student Trustee

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While serving as a library trustee is no longer the exclusive domain of retirees, or even those in late or midcareer, only the board of the Cornelius Public Library, OR, can boast a chair who is still thinking about her SAT scores. Sixteen-year-old Mariana Ramirez Godinez (pictured), a junior and honor student at Glencoe High School, where she plays violin and sings in Una Voz, the Hillsboro School District’s 35-member mariachi band, was unanimously elected chair of the 11-member Cornelius Library Advisory Board in December; she has been a board member since spring 2015, a volunteer for the past three years, and a fan of the library since she moved to Cornelius from Mexico ten years ago.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Cheryl LaGuardia awarded the 2016 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award; Bridget Quinn-Carey appointed CEO of Hartford Public Library, CT; Jacqueline Solis now Director of Research and Instructional Services at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Library; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the March 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Andrew Jackson and Mikisha Morris: Moving Forward At the Langston Hughes Library

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Later this year Andrew Jackson, executive director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in Corona, Queens, will be leaving the position he has held since 1980 to write and teach. A Queens native, Jackson grew up in East Elmhurst, receiving a degree in Business Administration from York College at the City University of New York and his MLS from Queens College. Stepping into the role will be Mikisha Morris, who has spent the majority of her career in nonprofit and public education administration in Philadelphia. Morris recently earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership, focusing on the use of cultural arts programs to serve urban communities.