Appointments & Retirements
Bay County (Mich.) Library System recently appointed Trish Burns as director.
December 7 Sonia Alcantara-Antoine joined Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library as public services manager.
March 15 Valerie Bell became regional director of Athens (Ga.) Regional Library System.
Mia Cabana recently became children’s librarian at Orange (Mass.) Public Libraries’ Wheeler Memorial Library.
January 5 Rebecca Higgerson started as director of Brandon Township (Mich.) Public Library.
Ilene Cooper retired as senior editor of Booklist April 10.
January 5 Felicia Kristanto became accounting manager, accounts payable and payroll.
Emily Plagman joined the Public Library Association as project manager for PLA’s performance measurement initiative January 12.
Michelle Harrell Washington, director of the ALA Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, left ALA March 13.
March 28 Megan Stewart became program coordinator for the Public Library Association.
Lonna Pierce, librarian at MacArthur and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools in Binghamton, N.Y., was named an American Graduate Champion by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in February in recognition of her efforts to improve educational outcomes for students.
Charles E. Jones, Tombros librarian for classics and humanities at Penn State University Libraries in University Park, has received the 2015 Digital Humanities Award for Best Digital Humanities Blog Post or Series of Blog Posts for his work on AWOL: The Ancient World Online.
The Delaware Commission for Women inducted State Librarian Annie Norman into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women in March.
Amanda Izenstark, reference and instructional design librarian at the University of Rhode Island, received the Rhode Island Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian Award May 26.
Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Liberty, Missouri, has been named a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in recognition of a transformation in its teaching and learning sparked by school librarian Angela Rosheim’s creation of a school makerspace.
Mary Anen, 80, assistant librarian for more than 25 years at the Lake Hiawatha (N.J.) branch of Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library System, died March 6.
Claire M. Finnigan, 91, a teacher and librarian for 45 years in the Peekskill (N.Y.) City School District, died January 3.
Louise Catherine Jeffers, 86, a librarian in Guernsey, Wyoming, for more than 20 years, died December 20.
Nancy Johnson, 65, who served as head law librarian, associate dean for library and information services and professor of law at Georgia State University in Atlanta between 1980 and 2012, died December 13 of ovarian cancer. She was instrumental in building the Georgia State Law Library collection and was inducted into the American Association of Law Libraries Hall of Fame in 2011.
Carol Davis Junek, 88, librarian at Sturgis (S. Dak.) Public Library from 1959 to 1986 and then a reference librarian at Rapid City Regional Hospital until her 1996 retirement, died February 18. Junek was named South Dakota’s Librarian of the Year in 1974.