Appointments & Retirements

  • Bannon, Brian

    Brian Bannon became Merryl and James Tisch Director of New York Public Library, effective September 3.

  • Bowen, Jeffrey

    In August Jeffrey Bowen became director for library programming and public affairs at Pepperdine University Libraries in Malibu, California.

  • Buchanan, Stephanie

    Stephanie Buchanan became direc­tor of Bucyrus (Ohio) Public Library August 26.

  • Clark, Dennis

    University of Arkansas appointed Dennis T. Clark dean of libraries August 1.

  • Cooke, Nicole

    Nicole A. Cooke joined University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science as Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy in August.

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  • Figliulo, Kristen

    October 10 Kristen Figliulo, Association for Library Service to Children program officer for continuing education, left ALA.

  • Gerber, Rebecca

    Rebecca Gerber, electronic resources librarian, left ALA September 5.

  • Gray, Jody

    Jody Gray, director of the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Ser­vices, left ALA September 6.

  • Harrington, Patrick

    Patrick Harrington joined the Informa­tion Technology department as training specialist July 23.

  • Navarro, Alee

    Alee Navarro, content and technology coordinator for Conference Services, left ALA August 1.

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  • Holmes, Gerald

    Gerald HolmesGerald Holmes, associate profes­sor and diversity coordinator at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro Libraries, received the UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his contributions to diversity and equity July 10.

  • Scobey, Sarah

    Sarah ScobeyThe Colorado Asso­ciation of Libraries named Sarah Scobey, nonprofit resources librarian at Poudre River Public Library District, as 2019 Colorado Librarian of the 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.

  • 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.

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  • Riesenman, Patricia

    C. Patricia Riesenman, 86, a leader in the Reference and User Services Association’s Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS, now the Emerging Technologies Section), died June 7. She chaired MARS’s Education and Training of Search Analysts Committee and the Planning Committee and was active on other committees. At Indiana University Libraries, she worked to establish the Computer-Aided Reference Service in the late 1970s and helped to found and develop the Indiana Online Users Group in 1982. She received the MARS Achievement Award in 1997 and the 2006 William Evans Jenkins Librarian Award.

  • Barber, Peggy

    Margaret “Peggy” Barber, 75, American Library Associa­tion (ALA) associate executive director of communications 1970-2000, died August 25. In that role, she established ALA’s Public Information Office, Public Programs Office, and the ALA Graphics department, which includes the Celebrity READ poster series. Barber also worked to establish the national library symbol that now appears on street signs nationwide. She coauthored Getting Your Grant: A How-to­Do-It Manual for Librarians with Linda D. Crowe and received ALA’s 1999 Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service to the library profession. After leaving ALA, she was a principal consultant with Library Communication Strategies and served as copresident of Friends of Libraries USA (now United for Libraries).

  • Battin, Patricia

    Patricia Meyer Battin, 89, president of the Commission on Preservation and Access (now the Council on Library and Information Resources) 1987–1994, died April 22. She became the first woman appointed director of an Ivy League university library when she was named vice president for information services at Columbia University in 1978. She was a leader in convincing publishers to use alkaline-based paper to combat paper deterioration, and she secured fund­ing from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a 20-year project to microfilm 3 million endangered volumes. The Association of College and Research Libraries recognized her as 1990 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year, and President Bill Clinton awarded her the National Humanities Medal in 1999.

  • Bentley, Carol

    Carol Ligon Bentley, 92, a professor of library sciences at Chicago State University until her retirement in 1999, died May 29. Bentley was a member of Black Women in Higher Education and a chapter director of Phi Delta Kappa.

  • Cleveland, Donald

    Donald B. Cleveland, 83, professor emeritus at the Univer­sity of North Texas School of Library and Information Science in Denton, died April 17. He designed the school’s interdisci­plinary PhD program in information science. The Association for Information Science and Technology recognized him with the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award in 2004. Cleveland cowrote Introduction to Indexing and Abstracting and Health Informatics for Medical Librarians and served as a consultant to many national and international organizations.

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