Appointments & Retirements

  • Wagner, Kurt

    Kurt WagnerJanuary 19 Kurt Wagner became university librarian at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

  • Zamora-Saunders, Margarita

    Margarita Zamora-Saunders has joined Oregon State University’s Valley Library in Corvallis as acquisitions and collection maintenance supervisor.

  • Burns, Marla

    January 15 Marla Burns retired as director of Caledonia (Minn.) Public Library.

  • Finn, John

    January 19 John Finn became director of Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana.

  • Padilla, Sue

    January 2 Sue Padilla retired as director of Newton (Iowa) Public Library.

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  • Henke, Kelsey

    Kelsey Henke joined the Office for Research and Statistics January 5 as program officer.

  • Catalano, Liz

    Liz Catalano, ALA registration and membership operations specialist, left ALA March 2.

  • Steiner, Liz

    Liz Steiner, marketing manager for ALA Publishing, left ALA February 29.

  • Carter, Shannon

    March 7 Shannon Carter joined the American Association of School Librarians as program coordinator.

  • Watts, Rosalie

    Rosalie Watts retired March 30 as production coordinator for ALA Publishing, after 50 years with ALA.

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  • Schaefer, Steve

    Steve W. Schaefer, recently retired director of Uncle Remus Regional Library System in Madison, Georgia, was named Georgia’s 2015 Public Librarian of the Year by the Georgia Public Library Service.

  • Ash, Kathryn

    Kathryn Ash, president of Friends of Georgia Libraries and trustee of Piedmont Regional Library System in Jefferson, was named Georgia’s 2015 Public Library Champion of the Year by the Georgia Public Library Service.

  • Bruner, Scott

    Scott BrunerIn November Scott A. Bruner, director of Chino Valley (Ariz.) Public Library, received the Arizona Library Association’s Library Leadership Award.

  • Kruse, Ginny

    Ginny Moore Kruse, director emerita of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin School of Education in Madison, has been named a 2016 fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.

  • Waznis, Betty

    Betty Waznis and Lorena GonzalezIn March Betty Waznis (left), director of Chula Vista (Calif.) Public Library, was named as one of 16 Women of the Year by California 80th District Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.

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  • Hallett, Jack

    Jack L. HallettJack L. Hallett, 83, a founding brother of Hallett & Sons Expert Movers, died February 3. Hallett oversaw thousands of library moves in the United States and abroad during a career spanning more than 60 years. Hallett was an ALA member and library champion for several decades, and trained and mentored many in the industry.

  • Gold, Sandra

    Sandra Gold, a law librarian and director of information services for three Chicago law firms for more than 30 years, died March 1. Gold was also an adjunct professor of law librarianship at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, for many years, and an active member and leader in ALA, the American Association of Law Libraries, and the Special Libraries Association.

  • Philip, John

    John J. Philip, Sr., 85, a retired librarian at the State Library of Ohio, died February 1. His career focused on bookmobile services, and he regularly spoke at state and national association meetings and provided consulting services relating to developing bookmobile services.

  • Bowden, Russell

    Russell BowdenRussell Bowden, 81, deputy chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) for almost 20 years, died January 27. Bowden was an active member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), serving on its executive board 1989–1995 and as first vice president 1991–1995; he founded the Management of Library Associations Section in 1983. He was made an honorary fellow of IFLA in 1995. Prior to joining CILIP, Bowden was a British Council Librarian from 1958 to 1974 in Iraq, India, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka. After retiring from CILIP in 1994, he lived in Sri Lanka and served on a  number of LIS-related governing boards and committees for the Sri Lanka Library Association, the National Institute of Library and Information Sciences, and the National Library of Sri Lanka.

  • 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.

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