Appointments & Retirements
In May, Seneca Jackson joined Morgan State University in Baltimore as information literacy librarian.
The University of Oklahoma Libraries in Norman promoted Carl Grant to interim dean of libraries July 1.
In April B. Allison Gray became director of Goleta (Calif.) Valley Library.
Garrey Martinez was named building operations coordinator at University of Colorado–Denver’s Auraria Library in September.
Clark County (Ohio) Public Library appointed William Martino as director, effective May 14.
Pam Akins moved to the new position of technical services specialist for Information Technology and Telecommunication Services (ITTS) August 16.
Danielle Alderson was promoted to program manager for ALA Round Tables in the ALA Offices and Member Relations Department in September.
Sean Bires left ITTS August 16.
Beatrice Calvin has been promoted to manager of professional development for the ALA–Allied Professional Association (APA) and the Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR).
Keri Cascio, executive director of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, left September 14 to become assistant chief of content, technology, and innovation at Chicago Public Library.
Rebekah Walker, digital humanities and social sciences librarian at Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology received a scholarship to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Vancouver in June.
Rebecca Wisniewski, interlibrary loan manager at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, received a campus Outstanding Work Performance award.
Clara Stanton Jones was posthumously inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame October 18. Stanton Jones became the first African-American leader of a major-city public library when she became director of Detroit Public Library (DPL) in 1970, and she was elected the first African-American president of the American Library Association (ALA) in 1976. She established DPL’s The Information Place service, providing guidance through social, legal, and governmental agencies, which became a model of informa-tion provision for other libraries.
Michael Buckland, emeritus professor of the University of California, Berkeley School of Information, was honored as a research fellow at École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l’Information et des Bibliothèques in Villeurbane, France, in May. Additionally, his book Information and Society (MIT Press) was named Best Information Science Book by the Association for Information Science and Technology in August.
The Society for Scholarly Publishing has awarded Frances Andreu, digital initiatives librarian at Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology, an Early-Career Fellowship.
Mary Ivy Bayard, 77, head of administrative services at Temple University Libraries in Philadelphia until her retirement in 2002 and a former president of the Pennsylvania Library Association, died August 1.
Ruth Toor, 85, librarian at Southern Boulevard Elementary School in Chatham Township, New Jersey, for 29 years, died September 7. Toor served as 1992–1993 president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and is honored by AASL’s annual Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. She was a member of the Caldecott Award Selection Committee in 1995. With collaborator Hilda Weisburg, she cowrote more than a dozen books on school librarianship, including New on the Job: A School Librarian’s Guide to Success and Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader. They also created and published the School Librarian’s Workshop newsletter.
John “Jack” Weatherford, 94, director of libraries at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant from 1970 until his 1988 retirement, died June 2. He had previously served as manuscripts librarian at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus and associate director of libraries and university librarian at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
James Aagaard, 87, an alumnus, professor, and librarian at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, for 63 years until retiring in 2011, died June 22. In 1970, Aagaard helped create the Northwestern Online Total Integrated System (NOTIS), a cataloging system for the library. NOTIS was installed at other sites beginning in 1979, and at its peak, more than half of the largest research libraries in the US used it. Sales of NOTIS funded two multimillion-dollar endow- ments at Northwestern, supporting library collections and library technology. Aagaard was awarded the Library and Information Technology Association/Gaylord Award in 1985.
Robert L. Clark, 72, director of Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) from 1976 until his 2000 retirement, died May 26. As state librarian, he headed two Governor’s Conferences on libraries and led a strategic planning process to redefine Oklahoma State Library’s role in the information age. Clark championed records preservation programs, government openness laws, literacy programs, and library technology. He and ODL made news in 1997 when a federal judge granted ODL intervenor plaintiff status in a court case surrounding the Academy Award–winning film The Tin Drum. When an Oklahoma County judge ruled the film contained obscenity, VHS copies of the movie were confiscated from the library system and area video stores. The Video Software Dealers Association (VDSA) sued, and ODL was granted standing in representing access and censorship concerns on the local level. The VSDA prevailed, and the film was ultimately returned to library and store shelves. Clark received Oklahoma Library Association’s Oklahoma Library Legend Award in 2007.