Appointments & Retirements

  • Zaharek, Rosie Marie

    Rosie Marie P. Zaharek retired as manager of children’s services at New Canaan (Conn.) Library June 3.

  • Sheridan, Rick

    Rick SheridanRick Sheridan joined Seattle Public Library in November as director of institutional and strategic advancement.

  • Tapping, Helen

    In November Seattle Public Library appointed Helen Tapping as head of its Marketing and Online Services division.

  • Arnold, Mary

    In August Mary Arnold retired as adult services supervisor at Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library.

  • Bell, Kathleen

    George Mason University Libraries in Fairfax, Virginia, appointed Kathleen Bell as grants, planning, and assessment analytics officer in June.

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  • Zabaneh, Lina

    Lina Zabaneh joined Conference Services as conference coordinator November 8.

  • Wapner, Charlie

    Charlie Wapner became senior information policy analyst for the Washington Office’s Office for Information Technology Policy in December.

  • Wagner, Emily

    Emily Wagner joined the Office of Government Relations as information manager in January.

  • Pate, Steven

    Steven Pate joined the Information Technology and Telecommunications Services and ALA Editions/Neal Schuman as e-store systems project manager December 5.

  • McFarlane, Megan

    In December, Megan McFarlane, coordinator of the Campaign for America’s Libraries in ALA’s Public Awareness Office, left ALA to join Chicago Public Library as mobile STEAM librarian.

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  • Ingram, John

    The Book Industry Study Group presented its Award of Excellence to John Ingram, chair of Ingram Content Group of Nashville, at its annual meeting September 30.

  • Prom, Christopher

    Christopher Prom, assistant university archivist and Andrew S.G. Turyn Endowed Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Kate Murray, IT specialist at the Library of Congress’s Technology Policy Directorate, have been named cochairs of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s and Digital Preservation Coalition’s Task Force on Technical Approaches for Email Archives.

  • Lautzenheiser, Jennifer

    Jennifer Lautzenheiser, director of Middle Georgia Regional Library System in Macon, received the Public Librarian of the Year Award from the Georgia Public Library Service January 7.

  • Erger, Georgia

    Southern Methodist University’s Hamon Arts Library in Dallas has named Georgia Erger as the 2016 Curatorial Fellow for its Hawn Gallery.

  • Case, Mary

    Mary M. Case, university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Chicago, became president of the Association of Research Libraries in September.

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  • Worthley, Harold

    Harold F. Worthley, 87, former director of the Congregational Library and Archives in Boston for nearly 30 years, died October 21. Worthley was also a religious scholar, compiling as his doctoral dissertation an inventory of 17th- and 18th-century manuscript church records, which remains iconic among researchers of colonial New England religion.

  • White, Robert

    Robert W. White, 70, executive director of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) from 1986–2015, died December 16. He is credited with increasing BCCLS’s membership from 21 public libraries in Bergen County to 77 across four counties (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic) in what is now New Jersey’s largest independent library system. In 2015, the New Jersey Library Association honored him with its Library Champion Award. That same year, BCCLS created The Robert W. White Scholarship to provide financial assistance to BCCLS library employees working toward their MLIS.

  • Kolaya, Margaret

    Margaret “Meg” Kolaya, 69, director of Scotch Plains (N.J.) Public Library (SPPL) from 2002 until her 2015 retirement, died December 2. During her career, she also held several positions at the New Jersey Library Association. She founded “Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected,” a project to help libraries serve individuals with autism and their families by providing training materials and workshops, for which she won an award in 2009 from the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, Keystone Systems, and the National Organization on Disability. SPPL was also the first library in New Jersey to host the Next Chapter Book Club, a book club for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Kipp, Laurence

    Laurence J. Kipp, 102, died November 10. He served in the US Air Force 1942–1946 and was discharged as a staff sergeant. He served as executive director of the American Book Center for War Devastated Libraries in Washington, D.C., and held posts in the Harvard College Library. In 1954 he moved to the Baker Library at the Harvard Business School and was named librarian there in 1964. After his first retirement, Kipp served for a year and a half as acting librarian of Harvard College, and later as acting chief librarian at Brown University and Emory University.

  • Avenick, Karen

    Karen Avenick, 70, former head of reference services and assistant director of Camden County (N.J.) Library System, died December 25. She was the original chair of the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative Advocacy Team and 2002–2003 president of the New Jersey Library Association.

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