23:4 (2008:12) Title Changes

December 17, 2008 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Title Changes | Leave a comment

Kurt Blythe, Column Editor

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With only two title changes (and one make-up change from long ago) this was a quiet quarter for members moving inter- or intra-institutionally, but that makes it no less important for the membership to be aware that:

Your humble columns editor, KURT BLYTHE, has been appending the title of Head, Serials Cataloging & Binding to his ongoing title of Serials Access Librarian since June of this year.  With the retirement of serials superstar, Frieda Rosenberg, and coinciding with an organizational shift that repositioned the Serials Cataloging (& Binding) Section from a no-longer-extant Catalog Department to a newly-formed E-Resources & Serials Management Department, I was bumped up the ladder.  I may be reached at:

Kurt Blythe
Serials Access Librarian
Head, Serials Cataloging & Binding.
E-Resources & Serials Management, Serials Cataloging Section
CB#3914, Davis Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC  27514-8890
Phone: (919) 962-2050
E-mail: kcblythe@email.unc.edu

ELEANOR COOK, former President of NASIG (2002/2003), has moved to East Carolina University to become Assistant Director for Collections & Technical Services, effective August 2008.  Previously she served for 18 years as Serials Coordinator at Appalachian State University, with a recent, brief stint there as Intellectual Property & Copyright Librarian.  Eleanor is excited about the new job, where she will get a chance to help shape new initiatives in many technical service realms.  Cook may be reached at:

Eleanor I. Cook
Assistant Director for Collections & Technical Services
Academic Library Services, Joyner Library
East Carolina University
East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: (252) 328-2598
E-mail: cooke@ecu.edu

And, STEVE OBERG has recently accepted an offer to move into a different group within Abbott Laboratories’ library.  Oberg says of his elevation from Information Scientist to Senior Information Scientist, “basically my responsibility will be to lead enterprise search and taxonomy efforts within the business worldwide.”  He adds, “I have always felt it was a huge plus that the library group in my large, global company has been given the responsibility for search and taxonomy.  That means that just about everywhere there is a search box on a page within our intranet or on external Internet sites that is set up and maintained by the library.  This will probably be the most ‘un-library-like’ job I have ever held.  But I am ready for a new job and a new direction.  I will still be working within the library but the scope of the job is much broader than that.  One of the new things I’ll be doing is a lot of client development and managing client relationships, as well as relationships with a new set of vendors.  There is much more to it and frankly I don’t understand it all just yet.  My official start date will by September 29 but I am already easing into the role and out of my existing one.”  Oberg can be found at:

Steve J. Oberg
Senior Information Scientist
Abbott Laboratories
Dept. 043T, Bldg AP6B-1
Abbott Park, IL 60064-6107
Phone: (847) 937-0727 
Fax: (847) 937-6282
E-mail: steve@obergs.net

As always, Title Changes congratulates the membership on their title changes, and wishes them all the best going forward.


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