July 30, 2014

Academic Movers 2014: In Depth with Vincent Scalfani

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In the latest in our series of interviews with 2014’s Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic backgrounds, sponsored by SAGE, we talk to University of Alabama (UA) librarian Vincent Scalfani. With a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Scalfani now serves as the Science and Engineering librarian at UA, where he oversees programs like the university’s 3-D printing studio, while also teaching classes in the chemistry department to help graduate students better understand the research tools available to them, as well as how to more effectively communicate their work in journal articles and presentations.

Wapner Joins ALA, Chadwick to Advise on Small Libs, and more | Library People News

Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter was named City Librarian, Santa Monica Public Library System; Kristi Chadwick was appointed Advisor for Small Libraries for the Massachusetts Library System; Catherine Steeves was named University Librarian at Western University; and Charles P. Wapner was named Information Policy Analyst for the American Library Association, plus more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the April 15, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Library People News from Princeton U. to Fullerton, CA

Stephen Abram joins the board of Librarians Without Borders; Robert Wolven wins 2014 Melvil Dewey Medal; Mindy Hackner is named Director, North Adams Public Library, MA; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the April 1, 2014, issue of Library Journal.

Meet the Candidates: ALA President 2015-16

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The campaign to elect the 2015-2016 President of the American Library Association (ALA) ends this month. To help inform ALA members who haven’t yet voted, and to give other librarians some additional insight into key issues currently on the ALA agenda, LJ asked each of the candidates to respond to five questions. The candidates, Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, responded. (Full biographies of both candidates are available on the ALA Election Guide.)

Academic Movers 2014: In Depth with Karen Lauritsen

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In this first of an interview series sponsored by SAGE, LJ goes in depth with this year’s Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, delving into just how and why they pulled off the projects that brought them recognition as innovators, change agents, and more. Karen Lauritsen was chosen as one of this year’s Tech Leaders for her work as Communications & Public Programs Coordinator at the Robert E. Kennedy Library of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

All Together Now: These 50 Leaders Showcase the Profession | Editorial

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When LJ revealed the first group of Movers & Shakers back in 2002, we knew we were onto something special. This Class of 2014 brings the total cohort to 650. Reading about them together is like taking a whirlwind survey of the expansive potential and impact of library work. Together, they make an exciting case for the profession.

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

Celeste Choate named Executive Director of the Urbana Free Library; Bob Pasicznyuk named Director, Douglas County Libraries, CO; Peter Bromberg named Associate Director for Public Services at Salt Lake County Library, UT; and other new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the March 15, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

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

New hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the March 1, 2014 issue of LJ.

Devin Becker | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders

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There’s a poetry to digital collections for Devin Becker, who considered a PhD in creative writing before discovering Indiana University’s Information and Library Science program. He found that information visualization and digital libraries sated his creativity.

Henry Bankhead | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Marketers

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Henry Bankhead believes electronic books are essential to the future of libraries, which includes helping aspiring writers to self-publish. The Los Gatos Library, CA, is on the leading edge of incorporating digital publishing into libraries, thanks to him.