Baylor's Director of Central Libraries Beth Farwell and Assistant Director of Research and Engagement Ellen Filgo were recently selected to serve in leadership positions for two national organizations in academic librarianship.
Farwell was elected to the board of directors for Amigos Library Services. Amigos is a 595 member library services organization that provides training and resources for both public and academic libraries. Farwell applied for a seat on the Board and was elected by the general membership. As part of her service, Farwell will work with the Budget and Finance Committee, which oversees an annual budget of $16 million. "I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Amigos Library Services Board of Directors," said Farwell. "I am interested to have a voice on the Budget and Finance Committee, ensuring our members' funds are judiciously applied and I look forward to establishing partnerships with library colleagues in the region."
Amigos was established in 1974 in Dallas, Texas, with 22 member libraries who banded together to bring electronic library cataloguing resources to the southwestern United States. In 2012, Amigos merged with the Missouri Library Network Corporation of St. Louis to create the nation's largest library resource sharing organization. Amigos leverages the strength of its membership to negotiate discount pricing for electronic resources, to host conferences and training sessions that foster collaboration and enhance librarianship, and to establish ties among its members.
Serving on the Amigos Board will give Farwell an opportunity to represent Baylor among fellow library leaders across the U.S., and give her a better understanding of the internal operations of hundreds of other libraries. Farwell has served with the Baylor Libraries for 21 years and been engaged with Amigos for many years in a variety of capacities.
Ellen Filgo was recently appointed social media editor for College & Research Libraries, an academic journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), which is a division of the American Libraries Association (ALA). In her new leadership role, Filgo will manage the social media platform for the journal, with a goal of engaging existing readers and expanding the reach of the publication. "I am excited to have this new professional role," Filgo said. "I"m looking forward to having a bit of a behind the scenes view of an academic journal's processes."
Filgo has been engaged with social media marketing through her work with the Baylor Libraries, as Communications Director for Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, and the Waco Diaper Bank, a non-profit she founded and directs. Filgo has served with the Baylor Libraries since 2007 and developed a number of online innovations that have helped faculty, students and other researchers engage with the libraries and ease access to research resources.
"We at Baylor are proud that our library faculty are seeking and obtaining leadership positions in outside organizations that serve to advance academic libraries," said John Wilson, interim dean of the Baylor Libraries. "We look forward to the collaborative partnerships that will grow from these leadership opportunities."