Appointments & Retirements

  • Helmer, John

    John F. Helmer retired as executive director of the Orbis Cascade Alliance in Eugene, Oregon, in March.

  • DeWaay, Sara

    Sara DeWaayJanuary 11 Sara DeWaay joined the University of Oregon’s Architecture and Allied Arts Library in Eugene as art and architecture librarian.

  • Johnson, Nancy

    Nancy Johnson retired as director of Brighton (Mich.) District Library in December.

  • Nolan, Barbara

    Danville (Ill.) Public Library Director Barbara Nolan retired October 30 after 43 years with the library.

  • Petruski, Pete

    In October Pete Petruski was named executive director of the Library System of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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  • Rodriguez, Juanita

    ALA Member and Customer Services Director Juanita Rodriguez left ALA November 27.

  • Jankowski, Ron

    Ron Jankowski has been promoted to director of ALA Member and Customer Services.

  • Johnson, T.J.

    Production Editor T.J. Johnson left ALA December 3.

  • Linker, Troy

    Troy Linker, director of new business development and finance for ALA Editions, left ALA December 31.

  • Julian, Jeff

    January 4 Jeff Julian became director of ALA’s Public Awareness Office.

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  • Baird, Lynn

    Lynn Baird, dean of libraries at the University of Idaho in Moscow, received the Idaho Library Association’s Librarian of the Year award October 1.

  • Gross, Valerie

    In October the Daily Record (Maryland) named Howard County Library System President and CEO Valerie J. Gross as one of its Innovators of the Year.

  • Davis, Anne

    Maine Library Association named Gardiner Public Library Director Anne Davis as its 2015 Outstanding Librarian in November.

  • Eaton, Chris

    Chris EatonOctober 25 the Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast Florida presented its Spirit of the ADA Jack Gillrup Award to Chris Eaton, talking books special needs librarian at Jacksonville Public Library, for his and the library’s leadership role in the disability community of Northeast Florida.

  • Leija, Leticia

    Leticia Leija with Ohtli AwardLeticia S. Leija, library and cultural arts director at Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg, Texas, has received the Ohtli Award, presented by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute for Mexicans Abroad to Mexican, Mexican-American, or Latino leaders whose efforts contribute to the well-being of Mexican communities abroad.

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  • Cheski, Richard

    Richard CheskiRichard M. Cheski, 80, Ohio State Librarian for 17 years until his 1995 retirement, died November 20. Cheski led a variety of initiatives at the library, including the development of OhioLINK, replacing the card catalog with a computerized system shared with Ohio State University, development of the Ohio Shared Catalog, and formation of the SEO Consortium for shared circulation in 1986. He served as chair of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies in 1989–1990; planned the Ohio conferences at the Second National White House Conference on Library and Information Services for Literacy, Productivity, and Democracy in 1997; and was one of the founding members of the Ohio Humanities Council in 1972.

  • Freeman, Jan

    Jan Freeman, 77, retired coordinator of young adult services and head librarian of the Redmond branch of King County (Wash.) Library System, died September 13. Freeman was active in ALA and the Washington Library Association, chairing the WLA Children’s and Young Adult Services Interest Group and serving on the board of ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association.

  • Mellott, Constance

    Constance M. Mellott, 84, who taught graduate library science at Kent (Ohio) State University and retired as professor emeritus, died September 20. She also taught at Springfield (Mass.) Technical Junior College. She earned her MLS from Case Western Reserve and her PhD in library science from University of Pittsburgh.

  • Romans, Larry

    Larry Romans. LIbrary. Photo by Joe HowellLarry Romans, 68, retired head of government information and media services, and political science and communication studies bibliographer at Vanderbilt University’s Central Library in Nashville, Tennessee, died January 28. He was an active member of ALA Council and served on many committees and round tables, including the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT); Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table; Social Responsibilities Round Table; and the Freedom to Read Foundation. He also served on the executive boards of ALA (2007–2010) and Tennessee Library Association. Romans received the 2008 ALA/GODORT James Bennett Childs Award for “a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship.”

  • Young, Naomi

    Naomi YoungNaomi Young, 53, principal serials cataloger at University of Florida in Gainesville, died December 19. Young was a member-at-large of the Continuing Resources Section of ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. She was active in ALA and other library organizations and the serials cataloging community.

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