Appointments & Retirements
In August Dan McClure became library director at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon.
August 1 Andrea Falcone became associate director of education and public services at University of Colorado Denver’s Auraria Library.
September 5 Nora Gabor joined DePaul University Library in Chicago as rare books librarian.
Sonia Alcantara-Antoine became director of Newport News (Va.) Public Library September 18.
September 19 Mariel Colbert joined ACRL as program coordinator.
Jennifer Cross, web services manager for ASCLA and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), left ALA October 12.
October 9 Jessica Hughes became executive director of ASCLA and RUSA.
Briana Jarnagin joined the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services as member services assistant October 10.
Susan Maguire joined Booklist as senior editor, collection management and library outreach, in the Adult Books section October 16.
Patricia Swift Blalock, former director of Selma–Dallas County (Ala.) Public Library, was inducted posthumously into the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame September 22. She was as a social worker before her career as a librarian and worked to integrate the library in the early 1960s. She died in 2011.
Hartford (Conn.) Public Library awarded the Caroline M. Hewins Scholarship to Danielle D. Valenzano, a library assistant in the children’s department at Clermont County (Conn.) Public Library’s Milford–Miami Township branch. The $4,000 scholarship is given to an individual who plans to specialize in library work with children.
Margaret Lincoln, district librarian for Lakeview School District in Battle Creek, Michigan, received a Special Tribute Certificate from the Michigan Legislature in recognition of the library’s Legacy Book Project.
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.
Ben Hunter, associate dean of the University of Idaho Libraries, has been named 2017 Idaho Library Association Librarian of the Year.
Margaret Lippin, 72, who worked as a librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia until retiring in 2013, died October 21.
Carmela Marie Ruby, 84, died August 14. Ruby was president of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) from 1980–1981. She earned her MLIS at UCLA and taught at UC Berkeley, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and Loyola University in Chicago. Ruby worked at UC Davis’s library, California State Library, and New Mexico State Library, and designed and launched the California Literacy Campaign. She was an advocate for services to the disabled and institutionalized, and for distance education for rural areas and for libraries in Mexico and Nicaragua. Ruby also coordinated the Sacramento Poetry Center’s weekly poetry workshop and served on the board of California Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Robert E. Saunter, 93, director of Clark County (Ohio) Public Library for 25 years, died October 28.
Hope L. Baugh, 56, young adult services manager at Carmel Clay (Ind.) Public Library, died September 20. Baugh joined the library as young adult librarian in 2001 and became manager of the department in 2002. She was a longtime member of the Public Library Association and the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Richard K. Gardner, 88, founding editor of Choice, died June 9. He served as Choice editor from 1963–1966 and 1972–1977. During his career, he was an academic librarian at Marietta (Ohio) College, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, UCLA, and University of Montréal, where he was director of the School of Library and Informational Sciences. His publications include Library Collections: Their
Origin, Selection, and Development, which received the Blackwell Scholarship Award in 1982, and Education of Library and Information Professionals: Present and Future Prospects. In 2005, he received a Special Presidential Recognition Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in honor of his contributions to the association and