Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Noted & Quoted

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Noted & Quoted

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The Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management at the Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus announced that Gerald D. Nichols will be its director. In this position, he will coordinate the public library education curriculum for the Palmer School's master, post-master, and continuing education programs. He will also administer the public library director advanced certificate program and the public library continuing education program, as well as teach management courses, workshops, seminars, and other continuing education programs.

Prior to this, Nichols was director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Before that, he was director of the Babylon Public Library, the Freeport Memorial Library, and the Half Hollow Hills Community Library. He has been an adjunct professor at the Palmer School since 1996 and holds an M.S.L.I.S. from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science.

The National Institutes of Health announced that Betsy L. Humphreys has been appointed deputy director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In this position, she will share responsibility with the director for program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction, and coordination of all library activities.

Most recently, Humphreys served as NLM associate director for library operations, where she provided leadership and technical direction to the Division of Library Operations. Since joining NLM in 1973, she has held several managerial positions such as deputy associate director for library operations and assistant director for health services research information.

Humphreys holds a bachelor's degree in history from Smith College and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland.

OCLC announced that Frederick G. Kilgour, its founder and first president, has been inducted into the TopCAT Hall of Fame. The Columbus (Ohio) Technology Council sponsors the TopCAT (Top Contributions to the Advancement of Technology) awards, which consist of 10 categories. Kilgour received this award for his contributions to the advancement of technology, creation of jobs in Central Ohio, and drawing attention to Central Ohio as a center for information technology.

In addition, OCLC's Open WorldCat received the TopCAT Outstanding Service award. Some of the criteria for this award include innovation; business, societal, and market impact; and practicality.

The Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization (ILCSO) announced that it presented four people with awards.

Jay Starratt, dean of library and information services and associate vice chancellor for information technology at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, received the ILCSO Distinguished Contributor Award.

Jean Wilkins, retired director of the Illinois State Library, received the ILCSO Special Citation Award in recognition of her 2 decades of service and support for the ILCSO consortium and all Illinois libraries.

Diane Dates Casey, dean of library services and academic computing at Governors State University, and Bernie Sloan, senior library information systems consultant with the University of Illinois Office for Planning and Budgeting, became the first two recipients of the ILCSO Distinguished Publication Award. This award was established in 2003 to recognize authors of articles that pertain to ILCSO consortium practices, services, and resources. The award will be given every 3 years.

ALA announced that Lotsee F. Patterson and Nettie B. Taylor have been elected to honorary membership. This is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions of lasting importance to libraries and librarianship. …

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