Appointments & Retirements

  • Alston, Meaghan

    April 6 Meaghan Alston joined Univer­sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as project archivist in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

  • Birch, Julia

    In March Julia Birch joined Jefferson (Wis.) Public Library as children’s and youth services librarian.

  • Deyneka, Alexandra

    March 30 Alexandra Deyneka became librarian for art and art history at Uni­versity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Sloane Art Library.

  • Frank, Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Frank became instruction and accessibility librarian at Montana State University Library in Bozeman in February.

  • Hodge, Twanna

    Twanna Hodge joined the George A. Smathers Libraries at University of Florida as diversity, equity, and inclusion librarian February 7.

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  • Aleck, Nick

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

  • Skwarczynski, Robert

    Robert Skwarczynski, building services technician, left ALA’s maintenance department May 29.

  • Valentin, David

    David Valentin, building services tech­nician, left ALA’s maintenance depart­ment May 29.

  • Dixon, Don

    Don Dixon joined ALA’s IT office in April as database administrator.

  • Eberhart, George

    George EberhartGeorge Eberhart, Amer­ican Libraries senior editor and an ALA employee since 1980, will retire June 8.

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  • Hutchens, Chad

    Chad Hutchens, associate librarian and head of digital collections at University of Wyoming Libraries in Laramie, received the university’s 2020 Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award April 27.

  • Hayes, Nichelle

    Nichelle M. Hayes, leader of Indianapolis Public Library’s Center for Black Lit­erature and Culture, received the Indianapolis Center for Leadership Develop­ment’s Achievement in Arts and Entertainment Award May 7.

  • 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.

  • Christine Morris and Traces Murphy

    Christine Morris, deputy director of OhioNET in Columbus, and Tracee M. Murphy, director of Wellsville Carnegie Public Library, were selected as members of the Leadership Ohio Class of 2020.

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  • Van Deventer, Barbara

    Barbara Van Deventer, 82, assistant director for collection development at Uni­versity of Chicago (UC) until retiring in 1999, died April 22. At UC, her duties included public services for humanities and social sciences, and she was noted for her skills in cultivating donors and incorporating digital materials into the collection. She previously worked at Stanford University Libraries as govern­ment documents librarian, head of Cubberley Education Library, and social sciences curator.

  • Bobick, James

    James Bobick, 76, a science librarian for 35 years, died May 3. He worked at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; Temple University in Philadel­phia; and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland before serving as head of the Science and Technology Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for 16 years. He coauthored and edited The Handy Science Answer Book and Science and Technology Resources: A Guide for Information Professionals.

  • Garrison, William

    William GarrisonWilliam Garrison, 70, dean of University of South Florida (USF) Libraries in Tampa from 2008 until his 2015 retirement, died April 28. Before joining USF, Garrison had more than 30 years of library experience at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; Stanford (Calif.) University; University of Colorado in Boulder; and Syracuse (N.Y.) University. He was instrumental in creating and supporting the LGBTQ Collection at USF and oversaw major renovations of the library’s first and second floors. He also taught cataloging throughout his career, published numerous papers, and was an Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow (2004-2006).

  • Moran, Barbara

    Barbara Burns MoranBarbara Burns Moran, 75, faculty member and former dean of the School oflnformation and Library Science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died May 2. She was a member of the faculty from 1981 until her retirement in 2017. During her time as dean (1990-1998), she enhanced technical resources, added an undergraduate minor program, increased graduate enrollment by 32%, and began the school’s London and Prague summer seminars. She published more than 85 journal articles and book chapters, and coauthored Library and Information Center Management.

  • Potter, Lillian

    Lillian E. Potter, 87, longtime head of monographs cataloging at University of Texas at Austin Libraries, died April 30.

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