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Appointments & Retirements

  • McCall-Wright, Patti

    Patti McCall-Wright became systematic review librarian at University of Florida’s Health Science Center Libraries in Gainesville February 7.

  • Lehner, Leanne

    Leanne Schwandt Lehner retired as director of Jefferson (Wis.) Public Library in February.

  • Boisclair, Marissa

    Genesee District Library in Flint, Michi­gan, named Marissa Boisclair children’s librarian in September.

  • Busch, Mariele

    Mariele Busch became librarian at North Adams (Mich.) Community Memorial Library in August.

  • Butts, Peter

    In August Peter Butts joined Three Rivers (Mich.) Public Library as chil­dren’s librarian.

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At ALA

  • Hix, Genevieve

    Assistant Director for Major Gifts Genevieve Hix left ALA October 9.

  • Plagman, Emily

    Public Library Association Manager of Impact and Advocacy Emily Plagman left ALA October 2.

  • Barac, Ligia

    Ligia Barac left ALA’s Finance and Accounting department August 7.

  • Cai, Julie

    Julie Cai left ALA Graphics August 7.

  • Figueroa, Miguel

    Miguel Figueroa, director of the Center for the Future of Libraries, left ALA September 4 to become president and chief executive officer of Amigos Library Services.

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Cited

  • Gut, Rachel

    The Better Business Bureau of Dayton and Miami Valley’s Women in Business Network named Rachel Gut, deputy director of Dayton (Ohio) Metro Library, one of its Top 25 Women of Impact.

  • Tang, Lydia

    Lydia TangLydia Tang, special collections archi­vist and librarian at Michigan State University in East Lansing, received the Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award from the Society of American Archivists.

  • Rhodes, Angela

    State University of New York at Morrisville presented Angela Rhodes, associate systems and electronic resources librarian, with its Distinguished Librarian Award in August.

  • Buljung, Brianna

    Brianna Buljung, teaching and learning librarian at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, has been awarded a Fulbright US Scholar Grant to lecture at China University of Mining and Technol­ogy in Xuzhou in spring 2021.

  • Koscielski, Roberta

    Roberta Koscielski, deputy direc­tor of Peoria (Ill.) Public Library, was named Librarian of the Year by the Illinois Library Associa­tion in July.

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Obituaries

  • Tucker, George

    George R. Tucker, 78, trustee of Toledo Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library and most recently board president, died June 12.

  • Goode, Diedre

    Diedre Goode, head of children’s services at Great Neck (N.Y.) Library, died in May.

  • Mlawer, Theresa

    Theresa Mlawer, 75, president of Lectorum Publications from 1976–2009, died March 21. Lectorum was the largest distributor of Spanish-language books in the US, and she negotiated Spanish-language rights for the works of authors like Dr. Seuss, Marc Brown, and Patricial Polacco. In recognition of her efforts to promote library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking, the Reforma Northeast Chapter recently renamed its lifetime achievement award in her honor.

  • Berry, John

    John N. Berry III, 87, editor in chief of Library Journal 1969-2006, died October 10. Berry won the American Library Association’s (ALA) Joseph W. Lippincott Award in 1992 and the Service to the Association for Library and Information Science Education award in 1993.

  • Fischer, Hans

    Hans J. Fischer, 87, died August 27. In 1960, he founded the architecture firm that was ultimately known as Fischer-Stein Associates; for 30 years, he led the firm and designed many libraries. After retiring in 1990, he served as a consultant for more than 50 library projects in Kansas.

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