Appointments & Retirements

  • Baird, Michael

    June 1, Michael Baird became man­ager at Edson (Alberta) and District Public Library.

  • Benedict, Jenny

    July 6 Jenny Benedict started as direc­tor of Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

  • Bivins, Joy

    Joy BivinsThe Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at New York Public Library named Joy Bivins associate director of collections and research services June 23.

  • Boruff-Jones, Polly

    Polly Boruff-JonesOakland University in Rochester, Michigan, appointed Polly Boruff-Jones dean of university libraries, effective July 1.

  • Brassell, Emily

    Emily BrassellUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries appointed Emily Brassell associate head of the software develop­ment department June 1.

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  • Chapman, Monica

    Monica Chapman was promoted to program coordinator for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards at the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services June 22.

  • McGovern, John

    Credit Manager John McGovern left ALA June 30.

  • Ortegon, Megan

    Manager of Public Policy Megan Ortegon left the Public Policy and Advocacy Office (PPAO) June 26.

  • Wagner, Emily

    Emily Wagner, deputy director of advo­cacy communications in PPAO, left ALA June 19.

  • Aleck, Nick

    Nick Aleck, IT user experience manager, left ALA May 29.

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  • 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.

  • Thompson, Santi

    Santi Thompson, head of digital research services at University of Houston Libraries, is the inau­gural recipient of the Eva Digital Research Endowed Library Professorship.

  • Jefferson, Rebecca

    In May Rebecca Jefferson, curator of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at University of Florida in Gainesville and a joint faculty member of the uni­versity’s Center for Jewish Studies, was named to the Florida Commissioner of Education’s Task Force on Holocaust Education.

  • Margolis, Deborah

    Deborah MargolisDeborah Margolis, Middle East Studies Librarian at Michigan State University, received a Fulbright US Scholar Program award to conduct research in partnership with Tomorrow’s Youth Orga­nization in Palestine and University of Jordan Libraries Ameri­can Corner to encourage youth development and relationships among college-age youth and professionals around the world.

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  • Brewster, Barbara

    Barbara Brewster, 98, a librarian and media specialist for 24 years at Ossining (N.Y.) Union Free School District, died March 31. Brewster was an early advocate for introducing computers to students and served as president of the Ossin­ing teachers union.

  • Caplan, Nora

    Nora Caplan, 93, head librarian for Noyes Children’s Library in Kensington, Maryland, until her 1981 retirement, died April 25. She had previously worked at the Library of Con­gress, and she published articles and stories in The Saturday Evening Post, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and The Washington Post.

  • Cooper, Marianne

    Marianne CooperMarianne Cooper, 82, chair of the Queens (N.Y.) College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies  (1990-2003), died April 15. She led the school during a period of fiscal difficulties when it was being considered for elimination, which it avoided by introducing new programs and updating older ones. She worked at Queens College for 36 years, also serving as the college’s affirmative action officer from 2008 until her 2011 retirement. She published several scholarly papers and was an active member of the Long Island Library Resources Coun­ cil’s board of trustees.

  • Gaylord, Mary

    Mary Ardeth Gaylord, 65, former librarian at Kent (Ohio) State University and Eli Lilly and Company, died June 1. In 1986, she cofounded the Reference and User Services Associ­ation’s Business Reference and Services Section.

  • Gosnell, Linda

    Linda M. Gosnell, 69, former head of children’s libraries at Pamunkey Regional Library System in Hanover, Virginia, died May 4. She had previously worked as a librarian at the American School in Tehran, Iran; Tufts Library in Weymouth, Massachusetts; and Henrico County (Va.) Library System.

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