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Appointments & Retirements

  • Bracken, John

    December 4 John S. Bracken became executive director of the Digital Public Library of America in Boston.

  • Culbertson, DeeAnna

    In November DeeAnna Culbertson became director of Madison (Ohio) Public Library.

  • Dilger, Jeannie

    Jeannie DilgerJeannie Dilger became executive director of Palatine (Ill.) Public Library January 8.

  • Fifarek, Aimee

    The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Ohio, appointed Aimee Fifarek as director in January.

  • Foote, Diane

    The Illinois Library Association named Diane Foote as executive director, effective November 14.

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At ALA

  • Muller, Karen

    Karen Muller, director of the ALA Library and knowledge management specialist, retired in December.

  • Rosa, Kathy

    Kathy Rosa has been promoted to director of the Library and Research Center, which merges the Office for Research and Evaluation and the ALA Library.

  • Barac, Ligia

    Ligia Barac became senior administrative assistant for ALA Finance and Accounting December 18.

  • Bruzan, Ron

    ALA Director of Staff Support Ron Bruzan left ALA November 6.

  • Franklin, Brian

    Brian Franklin joined the Public Library Association as program manager in December.

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Cited

  • Polanka, Sue

    Sue Polanka, associate university librarian for public services at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, received the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award from the Academic Library Association of Ohio October 27.

  • Weihs, Jean

    Jean Weihs, retired director of the Library Techniques Program at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to library science, particularly the standardization of nonbook cataloging.

  • Zellmer, Linda

    Linda Zellmer, government information and data services librarian at Western Illinois University in Macomb, received the Geoscience Information Society’s 2017 Mary B. Ansari Distinguished Service Award.

  • Blalock, Patricia

    Patricia Swift Blalock, former director of Selma–Dallas County (Ala.) Public Library, was inducted posthumously into the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame September 22. She was as a social worker before her career as a librarian and worked to integrate the library in the early 1960s. She died in 2011.

  • Valenzano, Danielle

    Hartford (Conn.) Public Library awarded the Caroline M. Hewins Scholarship to Danielle D. Valenzano, a library assistant in the children’s department at Milford (Conn.) Public Library. The $4,000 scholarship is given to an individual who plans to specialize in library work with children.

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Obituaries

  • Summers, Lorraine

    Lorraine Summers, 70, assistant state librarian of Florida until her 2001 retirement, died November 14. Summers served on ALA Council, as president of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies and the Southeastern Library Association, and on the board of the Florida Library Association. She started her career as extension director at Gainesville (Fla.) Public Library before joining the State Library of Florida as federal projects coordinator.

  • Vogelsong, Diana

    Diana Vogelsong, 66, reference librarian and acting university librarian at American University Library in Washington, D.C., until her retirement in 2011, died June 23. Vogelsong was a volunteer at Sandy Spring Museum, cataloging and scanning pictures for its collections, and was an active recorder of family genealogy.

  • Dickerson, Eugene

    Eugene Dickerson, 59, cataloging team leader at the US Department of State’s Ralph J. Bunche Library in Washington, D.C., died December 16. Dickerson was a longtime member of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) who served on numerous Continuing Resources Section and ALCTS division committees. He also taught serials cataloging for the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program.

  • Jones, Wyman

    Wyman Jones, 87, Los Angeles city librarian from 1970–1990, died October 9. As director, he oversaw the recovery after arson fires at the Central Library in 1986. Prior to joining Los Angeles Public Library, he served as director of Fort Worth (Tex.) Library.

  • Landers, Lora

    Lora Landers, 90, who retired as deputy director of Hennepin County (Minn.) Library in 1987, died November 29. Landers began her career at New York Public Library in 1949, worked for the Department of the Army 1954–1956, and for Minneapolis Public Library 1957–1965. In 1987, she received the Minnesota Library Association’s President’s Award and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award.

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