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D. Scott Brandt, previously interdisciplinary research librarian, is now Purdue University Libraries' associate dean for research. The new position's responsibilities include developing and coordinating a program of sponsored research, along with a broader responsibility for overall research within the libraries.
Brandt, a full professor at Purdue University, was the university's technology training librarian from 1993 through 2004. Prior to 1993, he was associate head of the engineering and science libraries at MIT. He was the compiler of the CIL Buyer's Guide from 1989 to 1999 and has been contributing CIL columns since 1995. He has served on the Program Committee for both Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences since 1999.
The Library Research Round Table (LRRT), a division of ALA, announced that Patricia K. Galloway is the winner of the first Ingenta Research Award. Sponsored by Ingenta, the award consists of up to $6,000 for research and $1,000 for travel to present the results of the research. It will be given annually by LRRT to support research projects about acquisition, use, and preservation of digital information. The award will support Galloway's study "Institutionalizing a University Department-Level Institutional Repository."
Currently, Galloway is assistant professor of archival enterprise at the University of Texas School of Information.
Syracuse University has named Suzanne ElizabethThorin as university librarian and dean of libraries. In this position, she will move the library system forward in information technology and collections and improve support for the library's clients. She will also be a member of the chancellor's cabinet and the vice chancellor's cabinet.
Most recently, Thorin was Ruth Lilly University's dean of university libraries and associate vice president for digital library development at Indiana University (IU). While there she launched IU's Digital Library Program, which provides digital services and collections to students and faculty.
Thorin holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Michigan.
C. Berger Group (CBG) announced that Jane I. Dysart received the Karen J. Switt Leadership Award at the Special Libraries Association annual conference in Toronto. The award recognizes a member's significant contributions to leadership in the profession of information management over a 5-year period. It consists of a monetary gift from CBG and an etched crystal sculpture provided by the Leadership and Management Division (LMD) of SLA. Dysart was selected for her pioneering spirit, leadership skills, willingness to share her expertise, contributions to LMD, and belief in the library profession.
Dysart is a principal of Dysart & Jones Associates. Before that, she was a manager of information resources at the Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to that, she was a librarian for the Canadian Standards Association.
Dysart holds a B.S. and an M.L.S. from the University of Toronto.
In a separate release, CBG announced that Carol A. Berger has been awarded the Rose L. Vormelker Award. This award is given to SLA members in recognition of exceptional services in mentoring students and/or practicing professionals in the field. Berger was nominated by members of the SLA Illinois chapter for her efforts in giving information professionals opportunities to advance their careers, advising colleagues, and counseling new graduates of library schools. She silver and crystal trophy at the SLA annual conference.
ALA has announced that Oberlin (Ohio) Public Library is the winner of the American Library Association/Information Today Library of the Future Award. This award, which consists of $1,500 and a citation donated by Information Today, Inc., honors an individual library, consortium, group of libraries, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. …