Currents

Appointments & Retirements

  • Wright, Sarah Towner

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has promoted Sarah Towner Wright to clinical librarian and graduate medical education specialist in the Health Sciences Library.

  • White, Eric

    Eric White became curator of rare books and special collections at Princeton (N.J.) University Library in September.

  • Weiter, Stephen

    Stephen WeiterSeptember 21 Stephen Weiter was appointed dean of university libraries at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

  • Waltz, Mary Anne

    Mary Anne WaltzSeptember 24 Mary Anne Waltz became a library development specialist for the New York State Library Division of Library Development in Albany.

  • Walther, James

    James Walther recently became assistant professor of library and information management at Emporia (Kans.) State University.

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At ALA

  • Vnuk, Rebecca

    Rebecca Vnuk was promoted to editor, collection management and library outreach, for Booklist November 2.

  • Seaman, Donna

    November 2 Donna Seaman was promoted to editor, adult books, for Booklist.

  • Redd, Kimberly

    Kimberly Redd, program officer for education in the Office for HR Development and Recruitment, has added responsibility for ALA-APA’s certification programs to her duties.

  • Nawalinski, Beth

    Beth Nawalinski has been promoted to deputy director of United for Libraries.

  • Hooper, Brad

    Brad Hooper, Booklist adult books editor, retired in October after more than 40 years with the magazine.

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Cited

  • McIntosh, Marilyn

    On September 25, New York State Senator William J. Larkin presented a legislative resolution honoring Marilyn McIntosh, executive director of the Monroe Free Library, on her retirement after 33 years of service.

  • Green, Kathleen

    Kathleen Hickey Green, a trustee at Massillon (Ohio) Public Library and a retired school librarian at Washington High School and Longfellow Junior High in Massillon, received the Ohio Library Council’s Trustee Award of Achievement October 7.

  • Craig, Paula

    The South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association has named Paula Craig, head librarian at Northwestern State University College of Nursing and Allied Health in Shreveport, Louisiana, as its Librarian of the Year.

  • Wemett, Lisa

    Lisa C. Wemett, president of the Friends of Libraries Section of the New York Library Association, received the first NYLA Above and Beyond Award at the association’s 2014 annual conference. Additionally, NYLA’s Youth Services Section has named its annual spring conference scholarship in Wemett’s honor.

  • 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.

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Obituaries

  • Waddle, Linda

    Linda Waddle, 78, deputy executive director of the Young Adult Library Services Association and the American Association of School Librarians from 1991 until her retirement in March 2002, died September 28 after a long illness.

  • Marshall Stewart, David

    David Marshall StewartDavid Marshall Stewart, 99, chief librarian of the Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County (Tenn.) from 1960 until his 1985 retirement, died August 14. His accomplishments at the library included the construction of a new main library and increasing the number of branches more than fivefold, founding the WPLN radio station in 1962 and the WPLN Talking Library for the Blind in 1976, and creating the now-statewide Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 1978. He had previously worked at the Poinsett County, Arkansas, library system; the Works Progress Administration as director of library projects for Tennessee; the Library of Congress; and the CIA. He also served as president of ALA’s Public Library Section in 1966-1967.

  • Breitenbach, Muriel

    Muriel Breitenbach, 92, a longtime administrative secretary for the Association for Library Service to Children, died October 5.

  • Neuhofer, Dorothy

    Sister Dorothy NeuhoferSister M. Dorothy Neuhofer, 84, university archivist and special collections librarian at St. Leo (Fla.) University’s Daniel J. Cannon Memorial Library, died October 14. Neuhofer was a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida, and worked at Cannon Library for 50 years, holding the rank of professor.

  • Tsien, T.H.

    T.H. Tsien, 105, curator emeritus of the East Asian Collection at the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library, died April 9. Tsien was considered one of the most influential Chinese librarian in the United States, working at the University from 1947 until 1978, and continuing his research and writing after his retirement. As a librarian for the National Library of China in 1937, he was responsible for packing and shipping 2,710 rare books in more than 30,000 volumes to the Library of Congress, which had agreed to take them to ensure their safety after Japan captured Shanghai. He came to the U.S. in 1947 to retrieve rare books he had sent six years prior, but civil war in China made his return impossible.  Tsien published 17 monographs and books and more than 150 articles in his career. In 2007, Nanjing (China) University, where he had studied as an undergraduate and where he had donated his private collection, named its new library after him.

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