Appointments & Retirements

  • Jenkins, Kana

    Kana Jenkins joined University of Maryland, College Park, as curator of the Gordon W. Prange Collection and librarian for East Asian Studies Septem­ber 15.

  • Liu, Yan

    Yan “Grace” Liu was named business librarian at West Chester (Pa.) Univer­sity August 26.

  • McColl, Ron

    Ron McColl became special collections librarian at West Chester (Pa.) Univer­sity August 26.

  • Morian, Juliane

    Juliane MorianJuliane Morian was named director of Rochester Hills (Mich.) Public Library in December.

  • Norlin, Elaina

    Elaina NorlinNovember 15 Elaina Norlin joined the Asso­ciation of Southeastern Research Libraries in Atlanta as program coor­dinator for professional development.

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  • Aleck, Nick

    Nick Aleck joined the Information Tech­nology department as user experience manager October 28.

  • Baker, Gavin

    The Public Policy and Advocacy Office (PPAO) promoted Gavin Baker to deputy director, public policy and gov­ernment relations, September 13.

  • Booth, Heather

    Heather Booth joined Booklist as audio editor October 28.

  • Caldwell-Stone, Deborah

    Deborah Caldwell-Stone was pro­moted to director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom and executive director for the Freedom to Read Foun­dation October 24.

  • Clifft, Will

    Will Clifft, PPAO public policy associ­ate, left ALA September 13.

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  • Chicago Botanical Garden Lenhardt Library

    In September, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lenhardt Library in Glencoe, Illinois, received the American Institute of Conservation’s 2019 Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commit­ment to the Preservation and Care of Collections.

  • McLeod, Clara

    The Geoscience Information Society recognized Clara McLeod, earth and planetary sciences librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, with its Mary B. Ansari Distinguished Service Award at its annual meeting September 24.

  • CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows

    The Council on Library and Information Resources has named its 2019 cohort of postdoctoral fellows: Rebecca Y. Bayeck, focusing on abolition, transatlantic slavery, early black librarianship, and other topics at New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Mary Borgo Ton, developing pedagogy strategies for Archivo Mesoamericano at Indiana University in Bloomington; Andrew Brown, coordinating digital humanities workshops at the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute; Maia Call, improving digital management and library science practices at the US Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C.; Guillaume Candela, developing a digital platform for the Indigenous Languages of the Americas collection at Brown University’s John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island; Christian Casey, developing digital technology tools for the New York University Institute for the Study of the Ancient World; Alicia Cowart, creating a research support program for geospatial research at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Faithe Day, conducting data curation projects at the African American Studies and Research Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; Zachary Furste, developing strategies for preserving and curating executable archival materials at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; Amani Morrison, transitioning the Colored Conventions Project at the University of Delaware in Newark to a new digital platform; Aditya Ranganath, expanding New York University’s infrastructure supporting geospatial research; Brian A. Robinson, developing web-based content for training teachers to use the Digital Library on American Slavery at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Azure Stewart, working at the intersection of engineering education, librarianship, and research at New York University Libraries; Sean Tennant, developing workflows for data creation, use, preservation, and retrieval at Union College Library in Schenectady, New York; Kimber Thomas, facilitating preservation and use of the Community-Driven Archives Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Kevin Winstead, implementing new partnerships for gathering documents and organizing research data for the Colored Conventions Project at the University of Delaware in Newark.

  • 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.

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  • Kuhlmeier, Sylvia

    Sylvia Darlene Kuhlmeier, 60, died June 28. She worked as a librarian at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and as library director at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, and Missouri State University in West Plains.

  • Lukenbill, Willis

    Willis Bernard “Bill” Lukenbill, 80, professor emeritus at University of Texas (UT) at Austin School of Information, died August 29. He taught library and information science at University of Maryland, College Park, 1972-1975 before joining UT in 1976; he retired in 2010. Lukenbill wrote eight books and more than 40 professional articles, and he pre­sented his research at many international conferences. After retirement, he volunteered as an archivist at Metropolitan Community Church in Austin.

  • Mosley, Rose

    Rose E. Mosley, 80, a member of the Maywood (Ill.) Public Library Board for 36 years, died September 10. Mosley was a member of the Illinois Library Trustee Forum starting in 1990 and held at various times the offices of secretary, vice president, and president. The Illinois Library Association awarded her its Outstanding Trustee Award and Citation in 1998. Mosley was a longtime ALA member and was one of the advocates for the merger of the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates with Friends of Libraries USA. In 2009, she became the 2009–2010 president of the merged organization, now known as United for Libraries.

  • Ptacek, Bill

    Bill PtacekBill Ptacek, 69, Calgary (Alberta) Public Library CEO since 2014, died October 15. During his tenure, the library built 12 early learning centers across the city and opened two new locations and a new Central Library. Calgary named him as its 2018 Citizen of the Year, and the Urban Libraries Council awarded him the 2019 Executive Board Award. Prior to joining Calgary Public Library, Ptacek was director of King County (Wash.) Library System.

  • Clay, Amos

    Amos G. “Randy” Clay, 64, longtime board member at Toledo Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library, died September 26. Clay helped to coordinate fundraisers for the Library Legacy Foundation before joining the library board and served on the Ohio Library Council board from 2002–2005.

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