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Appointments & Retirements

  • Bennett, Natalie

    In August Natalie Bennett joined Auburn (Ala.) University Libraries as electronic resources and discov­ery librarian.

  • Budhathoki, Milan

    August 3 Milan Budhathoki became GIS librarian at the University of Maryland Libraries in College Park.

  • Collogan, Jessica

    Jessica ColloganJessica Collogan was appointed dean of library services at Uni­versity of North Carolina at Pembroke effective September 8.

  • Jones, Jennifer

    September 1 Jennifer Jones started as executive director of Mattapoisett (Mass.) Free Public Library.

  • Kirk, Mike

    July 1 Mike Kirk became director of Galion (Ohio) Public Library.

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At ALA

  • Barac, Ligia

    Ligia Barac left ALA’s Finance and Accounting department August 7.

  • Cai, Julie

    Julie Cai left ALA Graphics August 7.

  • Figueroa, Miguel

    Miguel Figueroa, director of the Center for the Future of Libraries, left ALA September 4 to become president and chief executive officer of Amigos Library Services.

  • Macikas, Barbara

    Barbara Macikas retired as executive director of the Public Library Associa­tion August 31.

  • Murphy, Hannah

    Hannah Murphy left eLearning Solutions August 7.

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Cited

  • Rhodes, Angela

    State University of New York at Morrisville presented Angela Rhodes, associate systems and electronic resources librarian, with its Distinguished Librarian Award in August.

  • Buljung, Brianna

    Brianna Buljung, teaching and learning librarian at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, has been awarded a Fulbright US Scholar Grant to lecture at China University of Mining and Technol­ogy in Xuzhou in spring 2021.

  • Koscielski, Roberta

    Roberta Koscielski, deputy direc­tor of Peoria (Ill.) Public Library, was named Librarian of the Year by the Illinois Library Associa­tion in July.

  • Thompson, Santi

    Santi Thompson, head of digital research services at University of Houston Libraries, is the inau­gural recipient of the Eva Digital Research Endowed Library Professorship.

  • Hutchens, Chad

    Chad Hutchens, associate librarian and head of digital collections at University of Wyoming Libraries in Laramie, received the university’s 2020 Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award April 27.

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Obituaries

  • Grodecki, Patricia Ann

    Patricia Ann Grodecki, 88, a longtime librarian at Detroit Public Library, died August 24.

  • Lockwood, Betty DeYeide

    Betty DeYeide Lockwood, 92, assistant librarian at Terrebonne Parish (La.) Library 1945–1949, died in August. In her retirement, she returned to volunteer as a storyteller for children and to contribute to adult literacy efforts with the library’s Friends group.

  • Morgan, Heather Catherine

    Heather Catherine Morgan, 75, director of Mark Twain Library in Redding, Connecticut, for 10 years until retiring in 2011, died August 13.

  • Plotnik, Arthur

    Art PlotnikArthur Plotnik, 82, editor of American Libraries for 15 years, died August 28. During his time at ALA, totaling 22 years 1975-1997, he also served as editorial director for ALA Edi­tions, produced a monthly video magazine, and oversaw cooper­ative book projects with trade publishers. Prior to joining ALA, Plotnik was a press and public relations assistant and newsletter editor in the Librarian’s Office of the Library of Congress, and he served as asso­ciate editor of the Wilson Library Bulletin. Plotnik wrote eight nonfiction books, including the noted titles on writing Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style; The Elements of Editing; and The Elements of Expression. His most recent book was the YA novel Aaron Schmink’s First Crazy Love. He also taught in the journalism department at Columbia College in Chicago and was a charter board member of the American Book Awards.

  • Shulin, Sarah

    Sarah Shulin, 31, children’s programmer at Beaufort County (S.C.) Library System, died August 9.

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