Currents

Appointments & Retirements

  • Bohman, Mary

    Mary Bohman recently retired as children’s librarian at Algoma (Wis.) Public Library.

  • Dickson, Phebe

    Phebe Dickson became industrial relations librarian at Princeton (N.J.) University January 26.

  • Dolamore, Heidi

    January 26 Heidi Dolamore became assistant director of San José (Calif.) Public Library.

  • Eisler, Melody

    Melody Sky Eisler left as director of Kitsap (Wash.) Regional Library’s Silverdale branch in January to become director of Port Townsend (Wash.) City Library.

  • Meyer, Connie

    Connie Meyer was named director of Crawford County (Mich.) Library System January 12.

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At ALA

  • Goldberg, Beverly

    Beverly Goldberg retired as senior editor for American Libraries February 19 after 33 years of service.

  • Dotson, Nichole

    Nichole Dotson joined ALA as accounting manager, accounts receivable, in December.

  • Maycock, Angela

    Angela Maycock joined the Public Library Association April 8 as program manager for professional development.

  • Carlton, Amy

    Amy Carlton became senior editor for American Libraries April 6.

  • Bane, Katie

    Katie Bane, American Libraries advertising manager, left ALA February 17.

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Cited

  • Lehner, John

    John LehnerJohn Lehner, associate dean of personnel, planning, and systems at the University of Houston Libraries, was named the recipient of the libraries’ inaugural Ambassador Kenneth Franzheim II Endowed Library Professorship, which recognizes individuals who have advanced their discipline and are regarded for leadership. The professorship is effective April 1.

  • 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.

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Obituaries

  • Arno, Gabrielle

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

  • Schlachter, Gail

    Gail Schlachter Hauser, 72, died suddenly April 27. She was active in ALA over 50 years, serving on the ALA Executive Board and the Publishing Committee. After a decade as an academic librarian, she started Reference Service Press to publish financial aid guides, including the Directory of Financial Aids for Women and the Directory of Financial Aids for Minorities. Schlachter was named the University of Wisconsin SLIS Distinguished Alumna of the Year in 2007, received RUSA’s Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award for Distinguished Service to Reference Librarianship in 1992, and received numerous awards for her writing and reference works. Two ALA awards funded by Reference Service Press have awarded more than $150,000 to more than 50 library school students.

  • Cohen, David

    David Cohen, 105, professor emeritus of Queens (N.Y.) College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, died February 6. Cohen received ALA’s Honorary Membership in 2007 in recognition of his contributions to multicultural librarianship and intellectual freedom. He was an advocate for the need for ethnic and foreign language materials for decades, co-founding the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s Task Force on Ethnic Materials (which ultimately became the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table) and chairing ALA’s Committee on the Treatment of Minorities in Library Materials in 1967. ALA created the David Cohen Multicultural Award in 1999. He also worked in both ALA and the New York Library Association to support intellectual freedom. NYLA awarded him its Intellectual Freedom Award in 1986, and the Freedom to Read Foundation inducted him to its Roll of Honor in 2005.

  • Preiss, Margaret

    Margaret (Maggie) Preiss, children’s resources and marketing manager for the St. Charles (Mo.) City-County Library District since 1973, died January 18.

  • Rogge, Patience

    Patience Rogge, 78, a trustee of Jefferson County (Wash.) Rural Library District for 11 years, died in May. Rogge was an active member of the Washington Library Association, serving as board member and chair of the Washington Library Friends and Trustees Association and representing WLA on the Pacific Northwest Library Association Board. In recognition of her advocacy work, she was  named to ALA’s National Advocacy Honor Roll in 2005.

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