Appointments & Retirements

  • Riedesel, Laureen

    In October Laureen Riedesel, director of Beatrice (Nebr.) Public Library, retired.

  • Rein, Dani

    Dani Rein joined Greenwood (Nebr.) Public Library as director in October.

  • Russ, Cathleen

    Cathleen RussDecember 14 Cathleen Russ started as director of West Bloomfield Township (Mich.) Public Library.

  • Smith, Stephanie

    East Hampton (Conn.) Public Library appointed Stephanie Smith adult/young adult librarian effective in January.

  • Moore, Vicky

    Vicky Moore retired as manager of the Osage Beach branch of Camden County (Mo.) Library District January 1.

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  • Carrazco, Crystal

    Crystal Carrazco, social media manager in the Communications and Marketing Office, left ALA January 22.

  • Ni, Autumn

    Autumn Ni, coordinator in the Develop-ment Office, left ALA January 8.

  • Jarnagin, Briana

    Briana Jarnagin left the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services November 6.

  • Hix, Genevieve

    Assistant Director for Major Gifts Genevieve Hix left ALA October 9.

  • Plagman, Emily

    Public Library Association Manager of Impact and Advocacy Emily Plagman left ALA October 2.

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  • Ewbank, Ann

    Ann Ewbank, associate professor and head of the Department of Education at Montana State University in Bozeman, received the university’s Anna K. Fridley Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Teaching Award January 19.

  • Gut, Rachel

    The Better Business Bureau of Dayton and Miami Valley’s Women in Business Network named Rachel Gut, deputy director of Dayton (Ohio) Metro Library, one of its Top 25 Women of Impact.

  • Tang, Lydia

    Lydia TangLydia Tang, special collections archi­vist and librarian at Michigan State University in East Lansing, received the Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award from the Society of American Archivists.

  • Rhodes, Angela

    State University of New York at Morrisville presented Angela Rhodes, associate systems and electronic resources librarian, with its Distinguished Librarian Award in August.

  • 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.

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  • Kirven, Sheila

    Sheila Kirven, education services librarian and associate professor at Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library at New Jersey City University, died January 9. She held positions at several libraries in New York and New Jersey.

  • Cottman Smith, Jessie

    Jessie M. Cottman Smith, 92, retired dean of the library at Maryland State College (now University of Maryland Eastern Shore [UMES]) in Princess Anne, died December 10. She joined Maryland State in 1966 and served as the first dean of the library at UMES until her retirement in 1998. She previously had been a teacher and librarian at Worcester High School in Newark, Maryland, for 15 years.

  • Yung, Judy

    Judy Yung, 74, a librarian for the Chinatown branch of San Francisco Public Library and the Asian branch of Oakland (Calif.) Public Library, died December 14. After her library career, she entered academia, establishing the Asian American Studies program at University of California, Santa Cruz. She wrote 10 books on Asian American history and studies and the experiences of Chinese immigrants and was a pioneer in the development of Asian language collections in American public libraries.

  • Talbert, Edward

    Edward Talbert, 96, the first African American Area branch librarian in the D.C. Public Library System, died December 9, 2019. An ALA member for 68 years, he also worked at Prince George’s County (Md.) Memorial Library until his 1984 retirement.

  • Lajaunie, William

    William “Terry” Lajaunie, 49, assistant director of Lamar County (Miss.) Library System, died December 3. The Mississippi Library Association has announced plans to establish an annual scholarship in his name.

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