Appointments & Retirements

  • Burns, Trish

    Bay County (Mich.) Library System recently appointed Trish Burns as director.

  • Alcantara-Antoine, Sonia

    December 7 Sonia Alcantara-Antoine joined Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library as public services manager.

  • Bell, Valerie

    March 15 Valerie Bell became regional director of Athens (Ga.) Regional Library System.

  • Cabana, Mia

    Mia Cabana recently became children’s librarian at Orange (Mass.) Public Libraries’ Wheeler Memorial Library.

  • Higgerson, Rebecca

    January 5 Rebecca Higgerson started as director of Brandon Township (Mich.) Public Library.

View more


  • Cooper, Ilene

    Ilene Cooper retired as senior editor of Booklist April 10.

  • Kristanto, Felicia

    January 5 Felicia Kristanto became accounting manager, accounts payable and payroll.

  • Plagman, Emily

    Emily Plagman joined the Public Library Association as project manager for PLA’s performance measurement initiative January 12.

  • Washington, Michelle

    Michelle Harrell Washington, director of the ALA Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, left ALA March 13.

  • Stewart, Megan

    March 28 Megan Stewart became program coordinator for the Public Library Association.

View more


  • Pierce, Lonna

    Lonna Pierce, librarian at MacArthur and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools in Binghamton, N.Y., was named an American Graduate Champion by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in February in recognition of her efforts to improve educational outcomes for students.

  • Jones, Charles

    Charles E. Jones, Tombros librarian for classics and humanities at Penn State University Libraries in University Park, has received the 2015 Digital Humanities Award for Best Digital Humanities Blog Post or Series of Blog Posts for his work on AWOL: The Ancient World Online.

  • Norman, Annie

    The Delaware Commission for Women inducted State Librarian Annie Norman into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women in March.

  • Izenstark, Amanda

    Amanda Izenstark, reference and instructional design librarian at the University of Rhode Island, received the Rhode Island Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian Award May 26.

  • Rosheim, Angela

    Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Liberty, Missouri, has been named a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in recognition of a transformation in its teaching and learning sparked by school librarian Angela Rosheim’s creation of a school makerspace.

View more


  • Anen, Mary

    Mary Anen, 80, assistant librarian for more than 25 years at the Lake Hiawatha (N.J.) branch of Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library System, died March 6.

  • Finnigan, Claire

    Claire M. Finnigan, 91, a teacher and librarian for 45 years in the Peekskill (N.Y.) City School District, died January 3.

  • Jeffers, Louise

    Louise Catherine Jeffers, 86, a librarian in Guernsey, Wyoming, for more than 20 years, died December 20.

  • Johnson, Nancy

    Nancy Johnson, 65, who served as head law librarian, associate dean for library and information services and professor of law at Georgia State University in Atlanta between 1980 and 2012, died December 13 of ovarian cancer. She was instrumental in building the Georgia State Law Library collection and was inducted into the American Association of Law Libraries Hall of Fame in 2011.

  • Junek, Carol

    Carol Davis Junek, 88, librarian at Sturgis (S. Dak.) Public Library from 1959 to 1986 and then a reference librarian at Rapid City Regional Hospital until her 1996 retirement, died February 18. Junek was named South Dakota’s Librarian of the Year in 1974.

View more