24:4 (2009:12) Title Changes

December 11, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Posted in Title Changes | Leave a comment

Title Changes
Kurt Blythe, Columns Editor

[Note: Please report promotions, awards, new degrees, new positions, and other significant professional milestones.  You may submit items about yourself or other members to Kurt Blythe at kcblythe@email.unc.edu.  Contributions on behalf of fellow members will be cleared with the person mentioned in the news item before they are printed.  Please include your e-mail address or phone number.]

This quarter’s column features only seven title changes, but within that number is found one retirement, two graduations leading to new positions, and four professional moves, all of which combine to paint a picture of the diversity of endeavors engaged in by NASIG’s members.

From the ranks of the publishing houses comes BEVERLEY ACREMAN, now the commercial director at BioMed Central (the open access medical publisher), having previously served as the Global Marketing & Customer Services director at Taylor & Francis.  Writes Bevereley, “I am looking forward to letting everyone know how it is going in Palm Springs 2010!”

New to academic librarianship is ERIC FORSTER, who has been appointed serials & cataloging librarian, with the rank of assistant professor (tenure track), at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.  In spring of 2009, Eric graduated with an M.S.L.S from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  While at UNC, he worked with Kurt Blythe, Megan Griffin, and Selden Durgom Lamoureux in E-resources & Serials Management.

Eric may reached at:

McGill Library G-07
Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA 16172
Phone: (724) 946-7329

This past September, JONATHAN MAKEPEACE, formerly manager–serials at the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), graduated from the intensive MBA program at HEC Montréal, the management school affiliated with the Université de Montréal, and took up a new career as a political and economic affairs officer in the Canadian Foreign Service, part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, initially based in Ottawa. He writes, “I am deeply honoured to be invited to represent Canada abroad and grateful for the professional refuge librarians have granted me these many years.”

Jonathan will move around a lot, especially in the first three years, but can be found using the Government Electronic Directory Services beginning in late September (http://sage-geds.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/), or via:

E-mail: makepeace@alumni.illinois.edu
Phone: (514) 484-8290

MIKE MARKWITH has joined SkyRiver as a sales executive.  Mike writes, “SkyRiver is a new company, founded on the principles of providing complete and quality bibliographic services (including cataloging) and saving libraries significant amounts of money from the cost of their current services.”  Mike goes on to report that, “SkyRiver is a startup and it’s very exciting.  Additionally, it is an integral part of the serials world so I’m lucky to change jobs but still remain involved with NASIG.”

To learn more about SkyRiver: http://theskyriver.com/2009/10/skyriver-connects-libraries.

Mike’s contact information follows:
E-mail: michael@theskyriver.com
Phone: (714) 224-9882

Also reporting from the entrepreneurial world is PETER McCRACKEN, who writes that, “September 30 will be my last day at Serials Solutions, the company I founded in 2000 with two brothers and a high school friend.”  Peter further writes that, “I am starting a new company, again with a brother, which will allow me to use my two graduate degrees of library science and maritime history.  For many years I’ve had the site ShipIndex.org, which tells users which books or journals mention over 100,000 ship references.  It’s particularly valuable to maritime historians and genealogists.  While those 100,000 (and another forty thousand that are about to be added) will be available for free, we’ll increase the content to over 500,000 ship references for individual and institutional subscribers.”

For further reading on Peter’s departure from Serials Solutions: http://www.serialssolutions.com/news-detail/serials-solutions-announces-departure-of-founder-director-of-research-peter/.

Or on his new project: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/09/prweb2818854.htm.

Now, back to academic librarianship for news of JEAN SIBLEY having moved to a new position effective June 25.  Formerly the acquisitions resource planning librarian at Mississippi State University, Mitchell Memorial Library, Jean is now the serials librarian at The College of William & Mary, E. G. Swem Library, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

And, last, but certainly not least, after more than ten years as head of Technical Processing at the Science, Industry and Business Library of the New York Public Library, VIRGINIA TAFFURELLI retired as of July 31.  Virginia plans to honor her commitment as a member-at-large on the NASIG Executive Board.  Her term ends in June 2010 and she will attend the 2010 conference in Palm Springs.  She also plans to continue teaching the ALCTS online course, “Fundamentals of Acquisitions,” at least for the rest of this year.  Other than that, Virginia is planning a life of leisure, spending lots of time with family and friends — especially her four wonderful grandchildren: Jason (age 7), Layla (age 5), Gavin (age 2) and Owen (age 1).  You can keep up with Virginia’s escapades on her Facebook page.

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