Appointments & Retirements

  • Antill, Robert

    In May Robert Antill became executive director of Dorchester County (S.C.) Library.

  • Blando, Mark

    Mark Blando became director of Owatonna (Minn.) Public Library in July.

  • Cates, Jo

    Rush University Medical Center in Chicago named Jo Cates library director in March.

  • Clark, Ryan

    Ryan ClarkRyan Clark joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries as assistant director of library development July 1.

  • Kepich, Jacey

    Jacey Kepich became research services librarian for music at Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in July.

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  • Gribetz, Hannah

    Hannah Gribetz, production editor and graphic designer in ALA Production Services, left ALA July 11.

  • Reese, Julie

    Julie Reese, continuing education program officer for the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, left ALA July 21.

  • Hoppe, Dan

    Dan Hoppe was promoted to associate executive director of human resources June 12.

  • Kromer, Kathi

    Kathi Kromer became associate executive director of the Washington Office June 5.

  • Nawalinski, Beth

    United for Libraries promoted Beth Nawalinski to executive director, effective July 31.

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  • Rauth, Kathleen

    Kathleen Rauth, media specialist at Indianapolis Public Schools’ School 2 and School 27, was named the system’s teacher of the year June 5.

  • Safiullah, Safi

    Safi S. M. Safiullah, manager of Salt Lake City Public Library’s Marmalade branch, was named Librarian of the Year by the Utah Library Association May 18.

  • Steinmacher, Michael

    Michael SteinmacherThe Federal Library and Information Network named Michael Steinmacher, director of Barr Memorial Library in Fort Knox, Kentucky, as Federal Librarian of the Year May 9.

  • Augsbury, Jennea

    Jennea Augsbury, lead library technician for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Dallas, was named the Federal Library and Information Network’s Federal Library Technician of the Year May 5.

  • Hewitt, Vivian

    Vivian HewittVivian Davidson Hewitt, retired chief librarian for the Rockefeller Foundation, librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and librarian and instructor at Atlanta University’s School of Library and Information Science, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh May 21.

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  • Manaka, Pauline

    Pauline Ditala Manaka, 67, research librarian for anthropology, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, and demographic and social analysis at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), died June 18. Manaka was invited to study in the United States by President Jimmy Carter after graduating from the University of Fort Hare in Alice, South Africa, and received a Fulbright Scholarship in library science from South Africa. She started at UCI in 1989 after working as a librarian at California State University Hayward, Georgia State University, and Atlanta University. At UCI, she cofounded the UC Sociology Librarians Consortium, served as the coordinator for the Library Model United Nations Program, and was the archivist for the Black Faculty Staff Association. She was an American Library Association Councilor and also active in the Association of College and Research Libraries, American Sociological Association, American Anthropological Association, African Studies Association, and National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

  • Rohlf, Robert

    Robert Rohlf, 89, director of Hennepin County (Minn.) Library for 25 years, died June 6. During his time as director from 1969 until his 1994 retirement, 15 new libraries were built and circulation grew sixfold. He started his career in 1955 at Minneapolis Public Library, where he was project manager for planning the new Minneapolis Central Library. He also directed the Dakota-Scott (Minn.) Regional Library System and coordinated the building of the James Madison Memorial Library in Washington, D.C., for the Library of Congress. Rohlf was 1980–1981 Public Library Association president and a charter member of the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

  • Root, Nina

    Nina J. Root, 83, director emeritus of the Library of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, died June 24. Her work at the museum improved the library’s holdings and reach; consolidated the photographic archives, art, memorabilia, and film collections; and supported preservation and access to the library’s special collections. She secured funding to convert the card catalog into an online catalog and authored many journal articles during her 27 years at the museum. Before her 1997 retirement, she worked to fundraise for a new library building, which opened in 1993. Prior to joining the museum, she worked at the Library of Congress; the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Reston, Virginia; the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York; and the City University of New York.

  • Benne, Mae

    Mae Maxine Benne, 93, a professor of library science at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1965 to 1988, died March 26. Prior to becoming a professor, Benne worked at Yakima (Wash.) Valley Regional Library, Southfield (Mich.)
    Library, and (as coordinator of children’s services) North Central Regional Library in Wenatchee, Washington.

  • Blackmore, Elodie

    Elodie Blackmore, 87, who retired in March as director of East Smithfield (R.I.) Public Library, died April 9.

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