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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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At ALA

  • 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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Cited

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Obituaries

  • Li, Tze-chung

    Tze-chung Li, 93, dean and professor emeritus of Domini­can Unive rsity’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, Illinois, died April 22. Li served as founding president of CALA (1976-1980) and was active in ALA, the Chinese American Educational Foundation, and Phi Tau Phi.

  • Miller, Michelle

    Michelle Marie Miller, 51, librarian at Gorham Intermedi­ate School in Stanley, New York, died April 26. Miller was serving as New York LibraryAssociation Section of School Librarians (NYLNSSL) vice president for conferences,had been a member of the NYLNSSL board for more than 10 years, and served as 2017-2018 NYLNSSL president.

  • Spinks, Ola Mae

    Ola Mae Spinks, 106, a retired librarian for the Pontiac, Michigan, school district, died June 16. In 1972, she volun­teered to visit the Library of Congress to help organize Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1938, a collection of more than 2,300 first-person accounts ofslavery compiled during the Great Depression.

  • 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.

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