WT Cox Information has appointed Michael Perrine as its new Vice President of Sales and Marketing following retirement of Michael Markwith. Perrine comes to this promotion as a veteran of the company, serving previous roles including regional sales director and most recently as a Regional Vice President of Sales - Western US.
With WT Cox Information in two stints, 2007–2009 and 2012–2015, Markwith retires from a notable career in the library technology industry. Markwith previously was President of the US subsidiary of TDNet (2001–2007), a company based in Israel that offers a variety of electronic resource management and discovery products. Markwith was appointed president of TDNet, Inc. when it was established in February 2001. Other positions include: Vice President for Academic Sales for Swets Blackwell (2000–2001); Chief Executive Officer for Swets and Zeitlinger (1995–2000), and Sales Executive for SkyRiver (2009–2012).
Robert Miller was named as the Chief Executive Officer of Lyrasis, a non-profit membership organization based in Atlanta, GA. Miller was previously associated with the Internet Archive, serving as General Manager of Digital Libraries and was responsible for the creation and growth of its Digital Libraries, Division. Miller replaces Kate Nevins, who has led Lyrasis since it was formed in the 2009 merger of SOLINET, NELINET and PALINET, three of the former regional networks affiliated with OCLC. Nevins led SOLINET as its Executive Director from 1991, and continued leadership of the merged organization. Prior to joining SOLINET, Nevins was Vice President, Member Services for OCLC (1981–1991). Under Nevins' leadership, Lyrasis has found many opportunities beyond the original role of the incumbent organizations as providing services in support of OCLC. Lyrasis provides training and professional development services, licenses and discounts electronic content products for its members, has established a division to explore and promote open source technology, among its many products and services. In the area of technology, Lyrasis has been designated as the organizational home for both CollectionSpace and ArchivesSpace, open source projects supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Lyrasis saw a major change in the composition of its Board of Trustees with the appointment of four new members, including Joe Lucia of Temple University, Kathlin Ray of the University of Nevada, Reno, Gina Millsap of the Topeka and Shawnee Country Public Library, and Jo Budler of the State Library of Kansas.
Axiell Group, a major Scandinavian company offering technology products for libraries, museums and archives, has hired Maria Wasing as its new Chief Marketing Officer. She previously served as Vice President of Global Marketing for Episerver and has served on the board of directors for Axiell for the last year.
Jessee Weaver has joined ByWater Solutions as a development specialist. ByWater Solutions provides services surrounding the open source Koha integrated library system. Weaver has previously worked with ByWater Solutions on a part-time schedule and has been involved with Koha at the John C. Fremont Library District in Colorado, which has used Koha since 2007.
Kuali OLE has hired Heather Beery as its new project Manager to coordinate activities among the various teams and boards involved across the institutions participating in the development of this open source library management system. Beery replaces Patty Mescher who has retired following eight years of involvement with the projects related to the Kuali Foundation. Mescher was appointed as Project Manager for Kuali OLE in July 2012.
Follett Corporation has appointed Ray A. Griffith as its new President and Chief Executive Officer following the retirement of Mary Lee Schneider from both this executive position and from membership of the company's board of directors. Griffith has served on the board since February 2013. Follett Corporation brings in $2.6 billion in annual revenue and is the parent company of Follett School Solutions, which offers a variety of technology products and services for K-12 school libraries and districts. Todd Litzsinger serves as the chairman of the Follett Corporation board of directors and is a member of the Follett family which owns the company.
In other recent news, Follett Corporation acquired Neebo, the retail bookstore division of Nebraska Book Company, expanding its position in the campus bookstore sector. Prior to the acquisition, Neebo operated 2,000 and Follett operated 1,500 campus retail bookstores.