23:3 (2008:09) Title Changes

September 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Title Changes | Leave a comment

Kurt Blythe, Column Editor

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LISA HARRINGTON KURT has recently accepted a position as Head of Serials and Electronic Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).  Kurt won’t be starting in that position until August 20, 2008, and is currently in the middle of moving to Reno from Boston, where she served most recently as Public Services Librarian at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  As Kurt says, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work in this new position at the UNR Libraries, and to be back in serials and e-resources.  UNR Libraries seems to be an exciting and forward-thinking institution and I’m looking forward to joining them soon.”

While she’s not new to Belmont University, DAWN STEPHEN is new to NASIG.  Formerly Belmont’s Periodicals Librarian, Stephen has served as Collection Management Librarian more than one year.  According to Stephen, “my acceptance of the Collection Management Librarian position has resulted in a merging of my periodicals responsibilities with managing all functions of serials, cataloging, and acquisitions.  A friend recommended NASIG to me and the focus of the organization is clearly very applicable to my responsibilities.”  This column would like to note, that’s a very good friend.  Stephen may be reached at:

Lila D. Bunch Library 
1900 Belmont Blvd. 
Nashville, TN  37212
Tel: (615) 460-5496

This column can’t say it better than the University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries, which recently announced the retirement of JEANNETTE SOMMER WARD with the following press release:  
”Ward has been working in libraries since 1975, when she was an acquisitions searcher.  She received her MLS degree from Rutgers University and took her first professional library position as head of 
the Serials Department at the Rider College (now Rider University) library in Lawrenceville, NJ.  One of the unique facets of Ward’s very full and productive career is the fact that she has been a driving force 
in not one, not two, but three complete library management system conversions, beginning with one at Rider College and then two more, twenty years apart, at the UCF Libraries where she began working in 1984 as the Technical Services Librarian.”

Anne Marie Allison, Director of Libraries (UCF, 1983-1997), remarked, “Jeannette has always been ahead of us with technology.  She announced new trends and developments long before the acknowledged gurus introduced them.”

In 1986 Ward was appointed head of the UCF Serials Department, later serving as the department head for the combined Serials and Acquisitions & Collection Development departments.  In summer 2005 Ward 
was appointed the first Associate Director for Collections & Technical Services.

Throughout her career Ward has been an active member, presenter, and leader of several professional organizations at the national, state, and local levels, including the Association of College and Research 
Libraries (ACRL), North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG), American Library Association (ALA), and Florida Library Association. She has also presented programs at EDUCOM and the Charleston Conference.

Ward received UCF’s Excellence in Librarianship award presented at the university-wide Founders’ Day Convocation.  For her more than twenty years of service in the library profession, ten or more of which having been served at the UCF Libraries, she will also receive the UCF Libraries Lifetime Service Award. 

In addition to her technological acumen Ward has the hands of an artist and has been a doll maker and accomplished sewer for many years. She hopes to fill her retirement with time spent travelling with her 
husband George and enjoying quality time with her daughter, son, and five granddaughters.


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