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Martha Lawler is now director of the James Smith Noel Collection at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. She has been a member of ACRL’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Section since 1998 and has participated in several projects, including the work of the Bibliographic Standards Committee and the Controlled Vocabularies Editorial Group. Currently, she is a member of the Standard Citation Formats working group and the editorial board of RBM: a Journal of Rare Books, Manuscript & Cultural Heritage. She has worked with the Noel Collection since 1996.

Bethany Nowviskie has been appointed dean of libraries and educational technologies at James Madison University, beginning July 1. Nowviskie currently serves as distinguished presidential fellow at the Council on Library and Information Resources and senior advisor to the Digital Library Federation, where she has served as director for the past four years. Prior to her current position, Nowviskie was the founding director of the library-based Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia, where she continues to serve as a research associate professor in digital humanities in the department of English. Nowviskie has numerous scholarly publications with several forthcoming in 2019. In 2013, she was named one of the “Ten Tech Innovators” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Leland M. Park, retired director of Davidson College’s E. H. Little Library (1975–2006), has died. Park’s career spanned a time from when he was the first Davidson College library staff member with an electric typewriter to the days of digital access. After completing his ROTC obligations to the U.S. Army and a stint as reference librarian in the Charlotte public library, Park returned to Davidson in 1967 as head of reference and student personnel for the library. He stayed for more than 30 years. Under his leadership, the library’s offerings complemented what Park saw as a broadening and deepening of the college’s core educational mission toward a more interactive and research-oriented approach to education. In 2002, Park established a $1 million endowment to provide support for the directorship of the E. H. Little Library. In 2007, a group of alumni who were influenced by Park established a scholarship in his name.

Leland M. Park

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