We are pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Ashmore to the position of Associate Head, Acquisitions & Discovery (Serials), effective 11 January 2019.
Ashmore will help to provide leadership and management for the Acquisitions & Discovery department, collaborating on departmental goals and objectives and managing the serials unit. Ashmore will head electronic resource management (ERM) efforts for continuing resources, including management support and staff training for the Serials Solutions 360 knowledge base and two ERM systems (E-Matrix and CORAL). She will support the acquisitions and licensing of library materials in all formats, maintain internal controls and documentation, and collaborate with stakeholders across the library to design and implement custom workflows for evolving acquisitions models.
Ashmore currently serves as Metadata Librarian for Serials and Electronic Resources at Samford University Library. She creates and manages metadata in many forms all along the continuing resources lifecycle, leads a cross-functional team that manages serials and electronic resources, and works to improve workflows, discovery, and access on behalf of library users. Before her time as Metadata Librarian at Samford, Ashmore served as Reference/Instruction Librarian, assisting students, faculty, staff, and the community, creating workshops and guides to resources, and maintaining online information literacy tutorials.
Ashmore is Executive Board Secretary of NASIG (formerly North American Serials Interest Group, Inc.), for which she has served on the Communications Committee and Electronic Communications Committee. She is a member of the Instruction Section and Distance Libraries Section of the American Library Association and the Technical Services and Systems Roundtable of the Alabama Library Association. She is an editor for The Researching Librarian, a website that gathers web resources useful for librarian researchers. Ashmore earned the Master of Science in Education in Instructional Design and Technology at Samford University and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Loyola University.