L_R: David Byrd, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Governmental Operations and Environmental Services for Prince George's County, Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough and Martin Kalfatovic tour new Libraries spaces at Pennsy Drive, near Landover. Md.
Newly appointed Assistant Director for the Digital Services Division Martin Kalfatovic began his career at the Libraries as the interlibrary loan technician at the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery Library. After receiving his graduate degree from The Catholic University of America, he was promoted to Reference Librarian. In 1993 he transferred to the Information Access Coordinator, managing electronic resources and outreach. With the formation of the Information Systems Division in 1997, he took over all responsibilities for the growing Libraries web presence. The importance of the web to the Libraries was formalized in 1999 with the creation of the New Media Office under Martin’s leadership. Since that time, he has taken on additional pan-Institutional responsibilities and serves as a valued member of Smithsonian’s technology community. Active in the library profession, he is the author of three books, a number of articles, and is a regular speaker at library and technology conferences.
The new Digital Services Division oversees all digital services for the Libraries including web presence, coordination of web 2.0 activities, digitization of Libraries content through the Imaging Center and contracted services, and imaging use (including image licensing and product development & licensing). Martin is also responsible for managing the Libraries' participation in the Biodiversity Heritage Library project.
Congratulation, Martin!—Liz O'Brien