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People on the Move within the Industry

Magazine article Information Today

People on the Move within the Industry

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The Library Association (U.K.) has announced that it has elected Verna Taylor as its new president. Taylor became county librarian in Northamptonshire in 1990 and strategic director (environment) in 1998. Apart from The Library Association and other national library associations, she has been a member of the Arts Council Literature Panel. She is currently on the Advisory Council for Libraries and is a non-executive director of BLCMP.

In other news from The Library Association, Ross Shimmon has announced that he will leave the position of chief executive of The Library Association to become secretary general of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations). The post is based in The Hague, Netherlands, and will commence in April. Shimmon has been at The Library Association for 15 years, and has been chief executive since 1992.

Source: The Library Association, London, 011-44-171-636-7543; Fax: 011-44-171436-7218;

OCLC has announced that George Needham has been appointed vice president of member services. In this position, he will have considerable contact with member libraries, the OCLC board of trustees, Users Council, regional networks and distributors, and library professional groups and associations.

From August 1996 to present, Needham served as state librarian of Michigan. He has been responsible for numerous statewide library projects, including AccessMichigan, a pioneering LSTA-funded project that provides full-text databases, indexes, abstracts, and other online reference services to all types of libraries in Michigan.

He began his professional library career at the Charleston County (South Carolina) Library, where he held several positions from 1977 to 1984. From 1984 to 1989, he served as library director of Fairfield County (Ohio) District Library. From 1990 to 1993, he was director of member services of the Ohio Library Association. From 1993 to 1996, he was executive director of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Needham received a B.A. in English and an M.L.S. from the State University of New York-Buffalo.

Source: OCLC, Dublin, OH, 614/764-6000; Fax: 614/764-6096;

Inmagic, Inc., a developer of library automation and information retrieval software for the Web, intranets, CD-ROM, and LANs, has announced the recent appointment of Barbara Bishop to the position of director of product management. Her responsibilities at Inmagic will be to manage product strategy, definition, and market position for Inmagic's library automation software.

Prior to joining Inmagic, Bishop was vice president of product development for SilverPlatter, where she developed the product design and data manufacturing processes that resulted in the offering of over 250 bibliographic databases on CD-ROM and over the Internet. She previously held positions in technical services at the National Library of Medicine, where she was involved in developing automated library systems and managing special projects such as the library's retrospective conversion.

Source: Inmagic, Inc., Woburn, MA, 781/938-4442; Fax: 78 11938-6393;

A-G Canada, Ltd., a subsidiary of Auto-Graphics, Inc., has announced the appointment of Brian Morrell as general manager.

Morrell brings to his position more than 25 years of experience in library environments, including the last 17 years with A-G Canada and its predecessor, ISM Library Information Services, which was acquired by Auto-Graphics in 1997. …

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