Appointments & Retirements

  • Morris, Sarah

    September 1 Sarah Morris joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library as humanities research and digital instruction librarian.

  • Bagley, Michelle

    Michelle BagleyJuly 1 Portland (Oreg.) Community College appointed Michelle Bagley library dean.

  • Baxter, Isabella

    Isabella Baxter became agriculture and natural resources librarian at the University of Tennessee Libraries in Knoxville July 1.

  • Brammer, Charissa

    Charissa Brammer started as e-resources access librarian at University of Colorado Denver’s Auraria Library June 11.

  • Darnell, Heather

    In July Heather Darnell was appointed multimedia literacy librarian at George Mason University Libraries in Fairfax, Virginia.

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  • Rivers, Alena

    July 24 Alena Rivers became deputy director of the Association for Library Service to Children.

  • Vnuk, Rebecca

    Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist editor for collection development and library outreach, left ALA August 10.

  • Colbert, Mariel

    September 18 Mariel Colbert became program coordinator for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

  • Dougherty, Megan

    August 28 Megan Dougherty became program officer for continuing education in the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.

  • Goek, Sara

    Sara Goek became program manager for ACRL August 29.

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  • Brennan, Deirdre

    Deirdre “Dee” Brennan, executive director of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, was inducted into the Illinois Library Luminaries by the Illinois Library Association Executive Board.

  • Hunter, Ben

    Ben Hunter, associate dean of the University of Idaho Libraries, has been named 2017 Idaho Library Association Librarian of the Year.

  • Rauth, Kathleen

    Kathleen Rauth, media specialist at Indianapolis Public Schools’ School 2 and School 27, was named the system’s teacher of the year June 5.

  • Augsbury, Jennea

    Jennea Augsbury, lead library technician for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Dallas, was named the Federal Library and Information Network’s Federal Library Technician of the Year May 5.

  • Hewitt, Vivian

    Vivian HewittVivian Davidson Hewitt, retired chief librarian for the Rockefeller Foundation, librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and librarian and instructor at Atlanta University’s School of Library and Information Science, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh May 21.

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  • Benefiel, Candace

    Candace Benefiel, 60, humanities librarian and associate professor at Texas A&M University Libraries in College Station for 30 years, died August 1. Benefiel had been active in the American Library Association (ALA) for many years, playing a significant role in coordinating poster sessions at ALA conferences.

  • Cherubin, Dan

    Dan Cherubin, 52, Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, died September 13. He previously served as chief librarian and associate dean of Hunter College in New York. He wrote the chapter “Mentoring Across Boundaries and Across Borders: Looking Outside Your Comfort Zone (And Maybe Your Country)” in the book Librarian as Mentor (Mission Bell Media, 2017). Cherubin was a popular and outspoken Twitter presence as @skalibrarian. He earned a BA in music from Bard College, an MLIS from Columbia University, and an MA in media studies from The New School.

  • Gardner, John

    John R. Gardner, 72, former director of Morley Library in Painesville, Ohio, for 17 years, died August 23. Before joining Morley Library, Gardner taught at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire; St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York; and Lake Erie College in Painesville, where he also served as associate librarian.

  • Lavin, Michael

    Michael R. Lavin, 62, retired business/management librarian at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, died June 24. He received the 1991 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship in 1991 and the 1992 Gale Research Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship. Lavin was an early advocate for comics and graphic novel collections in schools and libraries.

  • Manaka, Pauline

    Pauline Ditala Manaka, 67, research librarian for anthropology, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, and demographic and social analysis at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), died June 18. Manaka was invited to study in the United States by President Jimmy Carter after graduating from the University of Fort Hare in Alice, South Africa, and received a Fulbright Scholarship in library science from South Africa. She started at UCI in 1989 after working as a librarian at California State University Hayward, Georgia State University, and Atlanta University. At UCI, she cofounded the UC Sociology Librarians Consortium, served as the coordinator for the Library Model United Nations Program, and was the archivist for the Black Faculty Staff Association. She was an American Library Association Councilor and also active in the Association of College and Research Libraries, American Sociological Association, American Anthropological Association, African Studies Association, and National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

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