Appointments & Retirements

  • Tessman, Nancy

    Nancy Tessman retired in August as director of Fort Vancouver (Wash.) Regional Library District.

  • Hall, Angela Fisher

    Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library appointed Angela Fisher Hall as director in May.

  • Cusano, Carol

    Carol CusanoNew York State Library in Albany has named Carol Cusano library development specialist.

  • Rippel, Kathleen

    Kathleen Rippel recently retired as head of the Resource Access and Sharing department at Central Kansas Library System in Great Bend, after 17 years with the system.

  • Hill, Kathy

    Kathy Hill retired as librarian at Red River High School in Grand Forks, North Dakota, after 42 decades with the school in June.

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  • Welch, Melanie

    Melanie Napoleon Welch joined the Public Programs Office as project director June 15.

  • Allen, Scott

    July 6 Scott Allen joined the Public Library Association as project manager.

  • Dienhelt, Kim

    Kim Dienhelt became acting program officer for the Freedom to Read Foundation July 7.

  • Dankowski, Terra

    Terra Dankowski joined American Libraries as associate editor July 13.

  • Lomax, Rebecca

    Rebecca Lomax became art director for American Libraries July 20.

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  • Simpson, Betsy

    The Northeast Florida Library Information Network awarded Betsy Simpson, chair of the Cataloging and Metadata Department at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries in Gainesville, its Distinguished Career Award.

  • Bennett, Denise

    Denise Beaubien Bennett, engineering librarian at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, received RUSA’s Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award for distinguished contribution to reference librarianship at Annual in June.

  • Joseph, Benn

    Benn JosephBenn Joseph recently joined the Paul V. Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago as head of university archives and special collections.

  • McKay, Peter

    Peter McKay, business librarian at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries in Gainesville, received the Gale Cengage Learning Excellence in Business Librarianship Award at Annual in June.

  • Hockersmith, Charles

    Charles Edwin Hockersmith, librarian at Delcastle Technical High School, in Wilmington, Delaware, was inducted in May into the Hall of Fame of the Delaware Army National Guard, from which he retired as command chief warrant officer in 2008.

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  • Hawksworth, Judith

    Judith A. Hawksworth, 70, a librarian at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School and Madison Rose Lane Elementary in Phoenix for 31 years, died July 4 of pancreatic cancer.

  • 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.

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