November 1, 2008 New Chiefs Named in Library Reorganization

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As part of an internal reorganization at the Library of Congress, three new chiefs have been named in newly-created divisions within the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access (ABA) directorate, according to Beacher Wiggins, director of ABA in Library Services.

Karl Debus-López is the new chief of the ABA's U.S. General Division. He has worked in a broad range of management positions in technical services with a focus on acquisitions and collection development for his nineteen year career. Most recently, he was head of the Acquisitions and Collection Development Branch and chief collection development officer at the National Agricultural Library.

Philip Melzer is the new chief of the Asian and Middle Eastern Division in the ABA. He has served as acting chief of the Library's Regional and Cooperative Cataloging Division (RCCD) since January 2006. He was team leader of the Korean/Chinese Cataloging Team in RCCD beginning in June 1996 and for a year was acting assistant chief of the Asian Division. He served as president of AFSCME Local 2910 and is president of the Council on East Asian Libraries for 2006 through 2008.

Linda Stubbs is the new chief of the ABA's Germanic and Slavic Division. For a decade, she served as assistant chief of the Special Materials Cataloging Division. In 2006, she assumed two acting managerial positions—first as interim director of the Library’s Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Overseas Office and then as acting chief of the European and Latin American Acquisitions Division, since the end of 2007.


PR 08-214
ISSN 0731-3527