Many members of the UKSG and NASIG communities will have been truly saddened to hear news of John Merriman's death on 19 April, aged 81. As a most successful Director of the BH Blackwell company and the periodicals department which he managed, he played a key role in the industry and was instrumental in setting up UKSG as the open and dynamic forum it is for all stakeholders in the sector. He has been described as a force of nature – he was full of charm and enthusiastic energy which many will remember from the annual UKSG conferences not to mention the conference dances! John edited Serials for many years which is when I got to know him best and really to value his grasp of the main issues, his drive, his gracious encouragement, humour and also his sense of fun. Please see Brian Cox's full obituary to John, which forms part of the Tribute following the Editorial in this issue of Serials.

At the British Library, Andy Stephens, Head of International Engagement and Board Secretary was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours in recognition of ‘services to scholarship’ during his 34-year career at the library.

In April, Dr Adam Farquhar took on the key new role of Head of Digital Scholarship at the Library where he leads the development and implementation of the Scholarship and Collections directorate's digital scholarship and digitization strategies. For the past seven years Adam has been on the Senior Management Team, principally as Head of Digital Library Technology.

In January, Marja Kingma was appointed Curator, Dutch/ Flemish Collections at the British Library and is promoting the BL's rich collection of material from the Low Countries. She is also responsible for collecting material in Afrikaans and Dutch from former colonies. Marja has been with the BL since late 2008 when she joined as Collections Manager for Science, Technology and Medicine.

In May, Andrew Waller from the University of Calgary was awarded BioMed Central's OA Advocate of the Year Award at a ceremony in London. Previously awarded to institutions, the judges felt that Andrew's personal commitment to, and efforts on behalf of, OA justified an individual award. Andrew is the Open Access Librarian at Calgary, and is responsible for the Open Access Authors Fund, which has made possible over 170 articles for University of Calgary authors over the last three years. Andrew is one of the people behind the OA Librarian blog and is a Canadian editor for the open access repository for library and information science, E-LIS. (http://library.ucalgary.ca/profiles/andrew-waller)

There have been a number of retirements from the National Library of Scotland, including that of Lorna Scott-Dodd who took early retirement at the end of March after more than 33 years at the NLS. Lorna was most recently Team Leader, DPP (Donations, Purchases & Preparation). Lorna celebrates on two accounts as she is now planning her wedding to Ken Wilson and their move to the Highlands.

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) (http://www.nerc.ac.uk) has reorganized its Library Services. The new ‘NERC Library Service’ was launched to Research Council staff in May and provides integrated library services for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), and NERC's Headquarters at Swindon. The service is centred at the BGS site in Keyworth and is managed by Ken Hollywood who was Head of Research Knowledge Services at BGS for seven years. Joan Bird took up the post of Content Co-ordinator NERC Library Service in January and oversees resources acquisition and access. Joan was previously Network Services Librarian at BGS where she worked for nearly 20 years. All three research centres retain library personnel to deliver services.

At Robert Gordon University Library in Aberdeen, Simon King retired in March as Bibliographic Services Librarian. He joined the library at RGU in 1984 and became Bibliographic Services Librarian in 1997 where he made a major contribution to the transition from print to e in the library and was responsible for automating a range of acquisition processes. Simon was also an active member of the Scottish Book and E-Book Procurement Working Groups.

Pam Stuart has been appointed to the role of Licensing & Access Management Co-ordinator within the Resource Acquisition Team at the University of Leeds. The post is a recently created role, following the strategic realignment and merging of the former E-Resources and Acquisitions teams last autumn. Pam had previously worked with the E-Resources Team for almost ten years, and most recently had been the Service & Support Co-ordinator within the newly merged team.

In July, Frances Boyle took up the post of Assistant Director: Faculty Support Services for Learning and Research at Imperial College London where she will be responsible for the outward-facing aspects of the library service and head up the Library's Faculty and Public Services Teams. Frances was previously UKRR manager (UK Research Reserve) based at Imperial. She replaced Liz Davis who retired at the end of June. Liz spent her entire career in university libraries, joining Imperial in 1997 and becoming Assistant Director Faculty Support Services in 2002.

In April, Robert Hall was named as the new Director of Library Services at King's College London. Currently Director of the Centre for Learning Support and Development at London South Bank University, Robert joins King's College London in July 2011.

Tim Wales (re)joined the London Business School as Head of Library in May, having worked there once before as an evening library assistant in 1999. Tim was previously Associate Director (E-Strategy) at Royal Holloway, University of London Library Services and a Learning & Teaching Librarian Team Leader at the Open University Library.

At the London School of Economics and Political Science Library, Nicola Wright is now Deputy Director of LSE Library Services and combines being in charge of Information Services with the duties of Deputy Director. Nicola joined LSE Library in 2008 from Imperial College where she was Project Manager for the UK Research Reserve.

There have been a number of changes at Senate House Library in London which, along with the eight Libraries of the Institutes of the School of Advanced Study, have operated since the end of March under the collective title of Senate House libraries (SHLs). The individual titles and names of the Institute libraries are retained but the previous umbrella operating name, University of London Research Library Services (ULRLS), is replaced. Christopher Pressler, Director of SHLs, heads the Leadership Team. As part of the restructuring, Joe Honywill joined the team in March in a new post of Associate Director for Digital Environments and Partnerships. Joe's key responsibility is to develop digital library environments in collaboration with the School of Advanced Study and the Colleges of the University in line with national and international developments. Joe was previously at the University of Nottingham where his role centred around web technologies at the university, delivering portal and collaborative environments to over 50,000 staff and students across three international campuses.

In March, Libby Homer took up the post of Assistant Director for Operations at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Libby has moved to SOAS from the University of East London where she was CEDAR Project Manager and Collections Development Manager based at the Dockland Campus.

Lawrence Jones joined the library at St George's, University of London in May as Content & Digital Infrastructure Manager. Lawrence was previously Liaison Librarian for Civil Engineering & Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London.

In June, Simon Bains became Head of Research & Learning Support and Deputy Librarian at the John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester. The post was previously held by Stella Butler, now University Librarian at the University of Leeds. For the past three years, Simon has been Head of Digital Library at the University of Edinburgh (Information Services) where he was first appointed Electronic Information Services Librarian in 2001. He spent four years at the National Library of Scotland before returning to the University Library in 2008.

At the end of April, Charlotte Sing retired as Acquisitions Development Manager at the University of Manchester after 35 years in The John Rylands University Library. Charlotte began her career at JRUL as Russian Subject Specialist before becoming Head of Book Acquisition in 1993. For the past two years as Acquisitions Development Manager, she has had strategic responsibility for the acquisition of all content at the library. Charlotte's responsibilities have been taken on by other Collection Management Managers, who have been provided with additional operational support. Justin Parker, Acquisitions Officer, is now responsible for licences and non-consortial supplier liaison.

Julie Berry was appointed to the new role of University Librarian at the University of Salford in February. She joined Salford from the University of Manchester in 1993, and has held a number of roles including Associate Director of Information Learning Services. Julie is a board member and Treasurer of the North West Academic Libraries Consortium.

At the Royal College of Music, Assistant Librarian Maira Canzonieri took on responsibility for acquisitions and periodicals for the college in February from Giuseppina Mazzella who left in January after five years with the library.

Anna Sansome joined Information Systems and Library Services at the University of Westminster as an E-Services Developer in March. Anna was previously an information professional at a Magic Circle law firm.

At Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Ben Skinner became Head of Library and Knowledge Services and Chief Knowledge Officer in February. Ben was previously Deputy Head of Library Services, having joined the library in 2004 as Evidence Based Librarian. He replaced Judy Lehmann who retired in February as Head of Library Services after 38 years at the library.

Since September last year, Cheryl Francis has been covering maternity leave for Katie Street as Assistant Librarian for Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and Librarian for the Institute of Post Graduate Medicine (IPGM) at Brighton University Falmer Campus. IPGM is currently in the process of merging with BSMS.

In February, Serials-eNews reported that Dawson Books had appointed Jason Cherrington as Director of Global Sales and Service. Jason joined Dawson Books from Skype where he ran the Global Customer Service. Prior to that Jason worked for BT, Vodafone and Orange.

IOP Publishing appointed Olaf Ernst as the company's new commercial director in April. Reporting to Steven Hall, managing director of IOP Publishing, he is responsible for the sales, marketing business development, electronic product management and innovation activity of the company. Olaf is based in IOP's Bristol head office.

At the beginning of May, Scott Gibbens joined JISC Collections as JISC Collections Service Representative. Scott has worked in university, college and NHS libraries and was responsible for setting up and managing the first national NHS collection of databases and electronic journals. Prior to joining JISC Collections, Scott worked in library supply for Coutts and John Smiths, principally promoting their eBook service and most recently was Key Account Manager (Government) and eBook Product Manager at Hammicks Legal Information Services.

As Serials-eNews has reported over the past months, Maverick grows apace with a series of key appointments. Gary Kimberley has joined Maverick Outsource Services as Senior Associate, Retail and Trade. Gary's previous roles included Group Director at Haymarket Publishing and Sales Director at The Stationery Office. Eric Helff, former Director of Web Marketing Content at IBM and Lenovo has joined Maverick's marketing division. His previous achievements include the web marketing and global outreach for IBM's ThinkPad notebook line. Judith Barnsby has joined Maverick's Technology and eContent consultancy division as Senior Associate. Judith's expertise spans all forms of digital media and she is active in the industry as chair of the JISC PALS Metadata and Interoperability Working Group. Judith was formerly Head of eDevelopment for IOP and Senior Account Manager at Publishing Technology/ Ingenta, and has served on various boards and committees including CLOCKSS, PIRUS2 and CrossCheck. Michael Margotta has joined Maverick Outsource Services in the role of Senior Associate, Head of Global Business Development. He provides consultation for publishing and e-distribution strategies in addition to his responsibilities for all Maverick business development operations and activities. Prior to his appointment, Michael was Director of Sales and Marketing for MetaPress, and before that he was the President and CEO at Technomic Publishing Company. Howard Stanbury has joined the company's senior team to give strategic and operational advice and support across print and electronic resources, with particular focus on digital transition and production as well as sales and marketing development. He was formerly Head of Publishing at the International Food Information Service. And, Rosie Grimes, former Managing Editor at IOP and Journals Publisher at IMechE, has joined the Maverick eContent consultancy team to provide expertise in all areas of journal editorial process, new (e-)journal development and QA, with particular emphasis on process design for peer review, supplier performance, anti-plagiarism and electronic submission.

At OCLC in Leiden, Dénelise l'Ecluse was appointed Sales Director for the OCLC Europe, Middle East and African region at the end of February, a position vacated in January by Eric van Lubeek when he became Managing Director. Dénelise, who is on the OCLC EMEA Board of Directors, leads the Sales Division which includes regional offices in France, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK as well as the EMEA-wide Marketing Communications department.

At the end of June, Ian Russell steps down from the position of Chief Executive at ALPSP to take up a post at Oxford University Press where he will be Editorial Director for their growing portfolio of physical and life science journals. Ian joined ALPSP in October 2006 having previously been Head of Publishing at the Royal Society (the national academy of sciences for the UK).

In May, Michael Groth joined Publishing Technology as Senior Marketing Associate to head up the company's US marketing. Michael was previously Marketing Project Manager at the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), where he was responsible for reaching out to the pharmaceutical industry with fresh and innovative campaigns.

Leon Heward-Mills became Chief Executive of the Society for Endocrinology/Managing Director of BioScientifica in June. Previously Head of Publishing at Thomas Telford Ltd, the subsidiary company of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Leon has been involved with learned societies for some 15 years through his work with ICE Board members and as Vice Chairman of ALPSP. He replaces Sue Thorn, who stepped down from the post in September last year after 19 years.

Swets has appointed Jonathan Newcomb as its new Chairman of the Board. Prior to this appointment, Jon has worked as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Simon & Schuster and served on the Viacom Executive Committee. He was also President of McGraw Hill Financial Information group. Jon currently serves as Managing Director of Coady Diemar Partners, a New York financial and strategic advisory firm. In addition, he serves on the boards of Journal Communications (NYSE), United Business Media (LSE) and the Columbia Business School.

In March, Robert Jacobs moved into the Commercial Director role at Swets, responsible for sales and marketing activities in the UK and Ireland as well as across sub-Saharan Africa. Robert, who joined Swets in 2003, had been working until recently as Director of Publisher Relations, where he was responsible for Swets' commercial relationships with publishers globally. Robert replaced Tamsyn Wymer who had been with Swets 13 years. From the beginning of April, Rone Robbetze became Director Publisher Relations at Swets. Rone was previously Swets Country Manager for The Netherlands and prior to that, Swets Country Manager for South Africa.

After seven years, Mark Howard has moved from library supplier, Dawson to join publisher Taylor & Francis as their Journal Sales Manager for the UK, Ireland & South Africa. With a UKSG association stretching back 25 years Mark looks forward to meeting old friends and new. As winner of this year's individual prize at the Harrogate quiz night, he's already getting noticed! He is currently engaged in negotiations with JISC Collections to agree an offer for university libraries. Mark may be contacted regarding this, and any other aspect of Taylor & Francis business, at: mark.howard@tandf.co.uk