Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Noted & Quoted

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Noted & Quoted

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The New Jersey State Library announced that Karen Messick, recently retired, was chosen as one of 27 recipients of the 2005 New York Times Librarian of the Year award. This countrywide award is given to librarians who demonstrate exceptional professionalism, knowledge, and public service in carrying out the responsibilities of their positions. Recipients were given a plaque and $2,500 at a special ceremony.

Prior to her retirement, Messick was head of youth services at the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped. She has served as president of the children's services section of the New Jersey Library Association and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Parents of Blind Children-NJ.

Three other librarians from New Jersey also received this award. Pamela Holmes, currently assistant director at the East Orange Public Library, was nominated for her work while she was assistant director of the Paterson Free Public Library; Jennifer Sirak was nominated for her work as a children's librarian at the Lambertville Free Public Library; and MaryTeasley received a nomination as librarian for the James Brown African-American Room at the Newark Public Library.

PALINET announced the appointment of Thomas F. R.CIareson to the position of program director for new initiatives. He will lead PALINET's digital collections creation and management services, preservation services, and consulting activities.

Most recently, Clareson was global product manager of education and planning in the digital collections services at OCLC. Previously, he held various positions at Amigos Library Services, Inc., including imaging and preservation services manager.

OCLC announced that Chingchih Chen has joined the company as consultant to the president for global digital initiatives among libraries, museums, and archival institutions. She will consult for OCLC on special assignments and projects.

Currently, Chen is a professor at Simmons College's Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. In 1997, she was appointed to serve as a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee through 2002. Chen is an international consultant and speaker and has received honors and awards including the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been author and editor of multiple books and scholarly journal articles.

SOLINET has announced the appointment of Tina Mason as

manager of its preservation services. Since 1999, she has been a member of the preservation services team, serving as a field services officer and as an education officer. …

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