Appointments & Retirements

  • Ealy, Kat

    Kat Ealy recently joined Marlborough (Mass.) Public Library as children’s librarian.

  • Dutton, Pauli

    Pauli Dutton recently retired as acting director of Altadena (Calif.) Library District.

  • Dougherty, Laurel

    Laurel McPhee Dougherty joined the University of California San Diego Library’s Special Collections and Archives program as supervisory archivist December 1.

  • Wright, Michael

    Michael Wright became director of Dubuque County (Iowa) Library District October 6.

  • Markowski, Brianne

    Brianne Markowski joined the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley as instructional services librarian in August 2014.

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  • O’Keefe, Kara

    October 13 Kara O’Keefe became membership marketing manager for the Public Library Association.

  • Mueller, Brad

    Brad Mueller, assistant director of the Development Office, left ALA December 8.

  • Maher, Kevin

    November 10 Kevin Maher joined the Office of Government Relations as lobbyist and assistant director.

  • Lindle, Lisa

    November 10 Lisa Lindle joined the Office of Government Relationships as grassroots coordinator.

  • McDougall, Kirstin

    Kirstin Krutsch McDougall, senior production editor for ALA Production Services, left November 25.

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  • Turner, Jay

    Jay Turner, director of continuing education for Georgia Public Library Service, received the Georgia Library Association’s Nix-Jones Award for substantial contributions to the library profession October 2.

  • Schmidt, Tessa

    Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, youth and special services consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in Madison, was named 2014 Librarian of the Year by the Wisconsin Library Association.

  • Joseph, Lura E.

    The Geoscience Information Society awarded Lura E. Joseph, content access and research services librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, its Mary B. Ansari Distinguished Service Award in October.

  • Hartford (Conn.) Public Library

    Hartford (Conn.) Public Library received the US Small Business Association’s Eagle Award as an outstanding resource October 29.

  • Mirah Dow

    Mirah Dow, professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia (Kans.) State University, received the Kansas Association of School Librarians Vision Award at its conference in October.

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  • Gaudio, Beatrice

    Beatrice Gaudio, 94, librarian in the Manchester (N.H.) School District from 1979 until her 2005 retirement, died February 26. Gaudio was remembered for her dedication, often opening the library early and keeping it open late to give students the time they needed to work on school projects.

  • Christensen, Bonnie

    Bonnie Christensen, 63, author and illustrator of the 2010 Schneider Family Book Award-winning Django: World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist, died of ovarian cancer January 12.

  • Boyd, William

    William Young Boyd II, 88, author of five novels and the donor of ALA’s W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, died December 31. Boyd received a Purple Heart for wounds sustained during World War II, as well as the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star Medal for exemplary conduct under enemy fire, and the French Legion of Honor.

  • Park, Elizabeth

    Elizabeth H. (Betsy) Park, 70, professor and assistant to the dean for planning and assessment at the University of Memphis Libraries, died January 18.

  • Zaporozhetz, Laurene

    Laurene Zaporozhetz
    Laurene Zaporozhetz

    Laurene Zaporozhetz, 63, most recently director of libraries at the Air Force Institute of Technology Library in Dayton, Ohio, died November 15. Zaporozhetz was active in ALA, ACRL, ACRL’s Women & Gender Studies Section, and the Special Libraries Association’s Military Libraries Division. She also provided service to nursing homes and hospitals by visiting with her therapy cat Peanut.

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