Appointments & Retirements

  • Ashby, Judy

    Judy Ashby became head of reference services for Bangor (Maine) Public Library May 20.

  • Cosby, Michelle

    Temple University in Philadelphia named Michelle Cosby director of its law library, effective June.

  • St. Oegger-Menn, Vanessa

    Syracuse (N.Y.) University Libraries promoted Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, assistant university archivist and Pan Am 103 archivist, to associate librarian July 1.

  • Gyamfi, Teddy

    Teddy Gyamfi was named evening access services manager at SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library in March.

  • Jackson, Petrina

    Petrina JacksonJune 3 Petrina Jackson became director of the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse (N.Y.) University.

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  • Kendall, George

    June 10 George Kendall began as Booklist editor and publisher.

  • Price, Kerri

    Kerri Price, associate director of the Office for Accreditation, left ALA July 12.

  • Sievers, David

    David Sievers, library assistant in the ALA Library, left ALA June 12 to become acquisitions and serials assistant at DePaul University’s Richardson Library in Chicago.

  • Walling, Melissa Kay

    June 17 Melissa Kay Walling joined ALA as director of Membership Development and Customer Service.

  • Ali, Abdullah

    Staff Accountant Abdullah Ali left ALA June 19.

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  • Hendricks, Martha

    Martha Hendricks, director of Clarksville-Montgomery County (Tenn.) Public Library, received the Tennessee Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Award April 25. Hendricks allowed Equality Clarksville to use the library’s meeting space in August 2018 to hold a drag queen storytime despite protests and personal attacks.

  • Olivieri, Blynne

    In June the University of West Georgia in Carrollton named Ingram Library Head of Special Collections and Associate Professor Blynne Olivieri Faculty Member of the Year for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • Owen Intermediate School Library Media Center

    Owen Intermediate School Library Media Center in Belleville, Michigan, won the state’s Model 21st Century School Library award in June in recognition of its innovative collaborations with local educators.

  • Hester, Sandy

    Sandy Hester, director of Coastal Plain Regional Library System in Tifton, Georgia, was named Public Librarian of the Year by Georgia Public Library Service.

  • Howell, Kim

    Kim Howell, librarian at Stockwell Place Elementary School in Bossier City, Louisiana, was named School Librarian of the Year at the Louisiana Library Association conference March 14.

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  • Bogart, Gary

    Gary Bogart, 75, who retired as assistant director of Pinellas Park (Fla.) Public Library in 2010, died June 19, 2018. He previously held administrative positions at New York Public Library and had been editor of the Standard Catalog Series published by H. W. Wilson Company.

  • Hillmer, Margaret

    Margaret Patricia (Pat) Hillmer, 83, director ofTiffin-Seneca (Ohio) Public Library from 1981 until her 2008 retirement, died June 23. During her tenure, she expanded services and library systems automation, established a library Friends group and the Tiffin-Seneca Library Foundation, and was awarded the Ohio Library Association’s Librarian of the Year Award in 2004.

  • McMurry, Carol

    Carol Jean McMurryCarol Jean McMurry, 74, who held positions at University of Wyoming’s Coe Library, Laramie County (Wyo.) Library System, and University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Clinic in Cheyenne, died June 1. McMurry was also a library philanthropist, making donations to University of Wyoming that funded a library reading room, a campus reading program, library staff development and recognition programs, library collections, an author series, and an endowed librarian position.

  • Miley, James

    James A. Miley, 69, director of Kendallville (Ind.) Public Library 1979-1983 and Troy-Miami (Ohio) County Public Library from 1983 until his retirement in 2009, died June 16.

  • Thomas, Lucille

    Lucille Cole Thomas, 97, died June 15. Thomas began her career as a librarian at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library (BPL). She joined the New York City Board of Education as librarian 1956-1968; she served as supervisor of library services 1968-1977 and as assistant director of the office of library, media, and telecommunications 1977-1983. In 1993, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of BPL. Thomas was an ALA Councilor for 22 years and served on the Executive Board 1985-1991. She was the first African-American president of the New York Library Association and the New York City School Librarians Association. Among her honors are the 1996 US National Commission on Libraries and Information Science Silver Award, the 1988 Grolier Foundation Award, ALA Honorary Membership in 2003, and the 1994 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Librarians. BPL’s Excellence in Librarianship Award was named for her in 2017.

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