Appointments & Retirements
Reference Librarian Maryanne Berry retired in July after 44 years at Cranston (R.I.) Public Library.
Stephanie Becker joined Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland as institutional repository content manager September 25.
Alan Bogage, library director at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Maryland, retired June 30, 2017.
Nancy Currie retired as director of Madison (Ohio) Public Library November 22.
Cindy Czesak, director of Paterson (N.J.) Free Public Library, retired in November.
Jeff Julian, director of the Public Awareness Office, left ALA April 6.
Yumeka Brown joined the Office for Intellectual Freedom as program officer March 5.
Kit Curl joined ALA Editions/Neal-Schuman as operations manager on April 17.
Willie Glispie, development coordinator and Governance Office senior administrative assistant, left ALA April 5.
Sarah Grant, marketing associate for Booklist, left ALA April 17.
Athens Regional Library System
Georgia Public Library Service has named Athens Regional Library System as Georgia’s Public Library of the Year.
Mary Edwards, assistant university librarian at the University of Florida’s Health Science Center Libraries in Gainesville, received the Medical Library Association’s Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award.
Alice Robinson, school librarian for the West Babylon (N.Y.) Union Free School District, was selected as 2018 Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services School Librarian of the Year and received the 2018 Follett Conference Scholarship to attend the 2018 New York Library Association Section of School Librarians Conference.
Ben Hunter, associate dean of libraries at the University of Idaho in Moscow, was named the Idaho Library Association’s 2017 Librarian of the Year.
Sue Polanka, associate university librarian for public services at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, received the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award from the Academic Library Association of Ohio October 27.
Patricia (Pat) Holter, 86, a member of the board of trustees at Meigs County (Ohio) District Public Library for more than 50 years, died January 8. She was instrumental in securing funding for the county library system and in opening Eastern Public Library, one of the first school–public library partnerships in Ohio. She received Ohio Library Council’s Trustee of the Year Award in 2008.
Richard L. Powell, 89, member of the board of trustees of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County (Ohio) from 1966–2016 and a former judge of Steubenville Municipal Court, died November 10.
Herbert Biblo, 93, executive director of the Long Island (N.Y.) Library Resources Council (LILRC) for 35 years until retiring last year, died in March. Biblo was American Library Association (ALA) Treasurer from 1980–1984 and had been active in ALA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table since the 1970s. Biblo led the creation of legislative breakfasts in Nassau County and Suffolk County, and the LILRC Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Library Trustees Associ- ation of New York State in 2010 and the Nassau and Suffolk County Library Associations’ LDA Award for Excellence in Library Achievement in 2000.
Bernard Margolis, 69, New York State librarian and assistant commissioner for libraries since 2009, died April 14. Remembered as an advocate for state and federal support for library programs and services, he had previously served as president of Boston Public Library from 1997–2008, director and CEO of Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 1988–1997, and director of Monroe County (Mich.) Library System from 1976–1988. Margolis had been an ALA councilor and a delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries, and he held leadership positions in the Association of Research Libraries. He also contributed to several books and articles, and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Library Administration and Bottom Line: The Magazine of Library Financial Management.
Elizabeth B. Miller, 71, a faculty member at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science for 18 years, died January 31. Miller was the author of several editions of The Internet Resource Directory for K–12 Teachers and Librarians and served as a member of the Association of Library Service to Children’s Carnegie Award Committee and Notable Children’s Videos Committee for many years. She received the South Carolina Association of School Librarians’ Distinguished Service Award in 2012.