Kelvin Watson last month was named Chief Innovation and Technology Officer for Queens Library (QL) in New York. In addition to his prior position as QL’s VP of digital services and strategy, Watson’s background includes positions at companies and organizations including The Library Corporation (TLC), Ingram, Borders, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is also the current president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA).
The U.S. Senate announced its confirmation of Kathryn (“Kit”) Matthew as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, on September 22. Matthew succeeds IMLS deputy director for library services Maura Marx (a 2006 LJ Mover & Shaker), who served as acting director since previous director Susan Hildreth’s term ended in January. The four-year directorship alternates between leaders from the library and the museum communities, in order to ensure representation from both sectors. President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Matthew for the position on March 10, along with nominees and appointees for several other key administrative posts.
In our latest 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Salwa Ismail, head of library information technology at Georgetown University. Ismail leads, directs, and manages every aspect of the library’s technological operations. One of her primary projects has been DigitalGeorgetown, which hosts the university’s institutional repository (IR) and contains more than 210,000 digital items in over 200 collections. Ismail has also been instrumental in the library’s participation in Georgetown’s Initiative on Technology Enhanced Learning (ITEL), including the development of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in partnership with edX, and works with students and faculty on in Georgetown’s international campuses in Fiesole, Italy, and the School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar, on open access initiatives.
Carey D. Hartmann promoted to County Librarian, Laramie County Library System, WY; Eric White appointed Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University Library, NJ; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.
Judith Tolchin to Direct Monmouth County Library System, NJ; Sarah A. Norris named Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal.
In the spring of 2014, Devin Becker, digital initiatives and web services librarian for the University of Idaho Library, Moscow, was recognized as an LJ Mover & Shaker for his “transformative” work with the University’s digital collections. Shortly afterward, his debut poetry collection Shame | Shame was selected from a field of 500 manuscripts as the winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Prize from publisher BOA Editions, Rochester, NY. Published in April 2015, the collection has been described by Guggenheim Fellowship and Whiting Award winner Michael Ryan as “a drop-dead funny book about desolation.” LJ recently caught up with Becker to discuss his debut.
Stephen P. Weiter was appointed Dean of University Libraries at Oakland University, George Needham was appointed Director of Delaware County District Library, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.
On October 14, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their sixth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities.”
Library Ideas is a gold sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to Jim Petersen, Chief Revenue Officer of Library Ideas, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ evolving role in using the latest technology to connect patrons to the information, tools, services, that they need—and to one another.
Colorado’s Anythink libraries are anything but traditional, and that goes for job descriptions as well; positions there include wrangler, concierge, and guide. The work they do also tends to range outside the box, and Hannah Martinez, a concierge at Anythink Wright Farms in Thornton, has been awarded the 2015 Lucy Schweers Award for Excellence in Paralibrarianship for just that kind of creative thinking. Martinez, who has been at Anythink since 2010, was recognized for spearheading AnyAbility—an inclusive set of library programs for adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. The activities Martinez has helped to develop include crafts, story time, gardening, and a book club, all specifically designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities.
In our latest 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Jason Clark, associate professor and head of library informatics and computing at Montana State University Library, Bozeman, MT. While working as an assistant at Marquette University Library in the mid-1990s, Clark recognized the potential of the emergent World Wide Web to change the ways libraries shared and accessed information. An early adopter, he began writing code prototypes for library systems, and over the past ten years has enlarged his library’s computing team from a solo gig into a busy eleven-person department.