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The New Jersey State Library announced the appointment of Faith Lundgren as director of the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped (NJLBH). She has been the library's acting director since May 2006. Prior to that, she was assistant director and head of reader's services at NJLBH. Previous experience includes supervisory positions coordinating youth services for 20 library branches and serving as training officer in the state's largest library system.
Lundgren holds an M.L.S. from the University of Michigan's School of Library and Information Science.
SLA announced that Rachel Kolsky was named Information Professional of the Year at the fourth annual International Information Industry Awards. Also at this event, SLA Europe board member Neil Infield and his business and IP center team at The British Library won the award for Best Team in the Academic and Public Sectors. The awards, which were held in London and hosted by VNU's Online Information 2006 and Information World Review (IWR), recognize the achievements of information teams, information and content management projects, vendors, and individual information professionals.
Currently, Kolsky is president of SLA Europe and manager of information resources at AIG in London. She has been a member of SLA since 1997. Infield, senior business industry specialist at The British Library, became an SLA Fellow in 2006 and currently serves as SLA Europe's newsletter editor. He has been a member of SLA since 1994.
High Wire Press announced that it has launched its 1,000th journal site for the Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society. The society has been publishing mathematical research papers since 1865. The proceedings will now be published with the assistance of Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press, one of HighWire's publishing partners.
OCLC has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a potential national marketing campaign to increase awareness about the value of libraries and the need to support them at local, state, and national levels. The $1.2-million grant will be used to conduct research, develop strategies, create materials, and test elements of the marketing campaign.
The Brooklyn Public Library announced that on Nov. 14, 2006, a user logged on to the Ask a Librarian service and asked the 2 millionth question. Brooklyn's Ask a Librarian service uses QuestionPoint, the virtual reference desk developed by OCLC and the Library of Congress.
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the appointment of James G. Neal to the position of vice chair of the NISO board of directors. The board also appointed John T. Harwood and John S. Erickson to fill two open positions.
Currently, Neal is vice president for information services as well as university librarian at Columbia University. Prior to this, he was dean of university libraries at Indiana University and The Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he was president of the Association of Research Libraries, on the executive board of ALA, and chair of the board of the Research Libraries Group. He has been a member of the NISO board since 2004.
Harwood is senior director of teaching and learning technology, a unit of information technology services at Penn State. He is also Penn State's representative for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's Learning Technologies Initiative. He also holds a faculty appointment in the College of Information Sciences and Technology and the College of the Liberal Arts.
At present, Erickson works at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, where his focus is on policy-based management of digital object repositories and content processing architectures. …