Appointments & Retirements

  • Heijdra, Martin

    Martin Heijdra was recently promoted to director of the East Asian Library at Princeton (N.J.) University.

  • Zavortink, David

    David Zavortink retired October 2 as director of Camas (Wash.) Public Library.

  • Arnold, Jessica

    Jessica Arnold recently became librarian at Gibsonville (N.C.) Public Library.

  • O’Brien, Dinah

    Dinah O’Brien retired as library director and director of community resources for the Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  • Bannister, Lois

    Lois Bannister retired as librarian of Garland Smith Public Library in Marlow, Oklahoma, September 4.

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  • McConnell, Christine

    September 30 Christine McConnell, communications specialist for the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, left ALA.

  • Lashbrook, Ian

    Ian Lashbrook, program officer for certification for ALA-APA, left October 2 to become Instruction and Business Liaison Librarian at Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Public Library.

  • Shemroske, Briana

    Briana Shemroske joined Booklist as editorial assistant in the Books for Youth department in September.

  • Welch, Melanie

    Melanie Napoleon Welch joined the Public Programs Office as project director June 15.

  • Allen, Scott

    July 6 Scott Allen joined the Public Library Association as project manager.

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  • Bober, Tom

    Tom Bober, librarian at R.M. Captain Elementary School in Clayton, Missouri, has been named a 2015-16 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress.

  • Simpson, Betsy

    The Northeast Florida Library Information Network awarded Betsy Simpson, chair of the Cataloging and Metadata Department at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries in Gainesville, its Distinguished Career Award.

  • Bennett, Denise

    Denise Beaubien Bennett, engineering librarian at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, received RUSA’s Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award for distinguished contribution to reference librarianship at Annual in June.

  • Joseph, Benn

    Benn JosephBenn Joseph recently joined the Paul V. Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago as head of university archives and special collections.

  • McKay, Peter

    Peter McKay, business librarian at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries in Gainesville, received the Gale Cengage Learning Excellence in Business Librarianship Award at Annual in June.

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  • Doherty, Edmond

    Edmond J. Doherty, 81, director of Reading (Pa.) Public Library for 24 years until his 1990 retirement, died August 16. Doherty was active with several civic organizations, including the United Way of Berks County (Pa.), the League of Women Voters of Berks County, the Fellowship House of Reading, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, the Ethics Board of the City of Reading, and the Advisory Committee to Berks County Area Agency on Aging. He also served as president of the Middle Atlantic Regional Library Federation from 1977–79.

  • Gibbs, Robert

    Robert C. Gibbs, 84, associate university librarian at Auburn University Libraries from 1968 to 1992, died April 28. Gibbs had also held positions in public and technical services at Penn State University and the University of Florida Libraries. He contributed to the most recent edition of the Encyclopedia of North Carolina and was a volunteer with the Literacy Council of Wake County during his retirement.

  • Hawksworth, Judith

    Judith A. Hawksworth, 70, a librarian at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School and Madison Rose Lane Elementary in Phoenix for 31 years, died July 4 of pancreatic cancer.

  • Hayes, Allene

    Allene Hayes, who retired in 2013 as chief of the U.S./Anglo Division of the Library of Congress, died August 9. Hayes started at the Library of Congress as a copyright specialist in 1983 and held many positions at LC during her career, including leading the Electronic Resources Management Team. She was an ALA Councilor from 2008 through 2010, and served on the ALA Diversity Committee and chaired the ALCTS Electronic Resources Interest Group. She also served on the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Executive Board, the International Federation of Library Associations’ Standing Committee on Acquisitions and its World Digital Library Group, and as president of the Daniel A.P. Murray African American Cultural Association.

  • Arno, Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Arno, 73, a librarian at Princeton (N.J.) University for 17 years until her 2001 retirement, died October 15, 2014.

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