People

Appointments & Retirements

  • Bleisch, Elaine

    Elaine Bleisch joined Lied Scottsbluff (Nebr.) Public Library as teen librarian and children’s assistant in November.

  • Cain, Jonathan

    Jonathan O. CainIn January Jonathan O. Cain became associ­ate university librarian for research and learning at Columbia University Libraries in New York City.

  • DeCicco-Carey, Kyle

    Kyle DeCicco-Carey joined Millicent Library in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, as director October 19.

  • Dorr, Jessica

    Jessica Dorr became director of Boise (Idaho) Public Library November 30.

  • Ensley, Eric

    J. Eric Ensley was appointed curator of rare books and maps at University of Iowa Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives in December.

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At ALA

  • 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.

  • Cai, Julie

    Julie Cai left ALA Graphics August 7.

  • Figueroa, Miguel

    Miguel Figueroa, director of the Center for the Future of Libraries, left ALA September 4 to become president and chief executive officer of Amigos Library Services.

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Cited

  • 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.

  • Koscielski, Roberta

    Roberta Koscielski, deputy direc­tor of Peoria (Ill.) Public Library, was named Librarian of the Year by the Illinois Library Associa­tion in July.

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Obituaries

  • Cepeda, Luisa

    Luisa del Carmen Carolina Vigo CepedaLuisa del Carmen Carolina Vigo Cepeda, past director and professor at Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologias de la Información, the University of Puerto Rico’s library school, died November 26. She cofounded the Association of University, Research, and Institutional Libraries of the Caribbean and served at various points as its president and its executive secretary. She also served as president of the Sociedad de Bibliotecarios de Puerto Rico.

  • Cornish, Alan

    Alan Cornish, 59, director of library technology services at Uni­versity of Oregon in Eugene since 2018, died November 5. Prior to joining University of Oregon, he served as automation librarian at Texas A&M University Libraries in College Station; systems librar­ian at National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland; head of library systems at Washington State University Libraries in Pullman; and program manager for the Orbis Cascade Alliance consortium in Eugene.

  • Grimm, Ben

    Ben Emmett Grimm, 96, director of Jersey City (N.J.) Free Public Library until his 1985 retirement, died November 9. He served as 1968-1969 president of the New Jersey Library Association, and after retirement worked as a library consultant.

  • Grisham, Frank

    Frank P. Grisham, 92, died October 9. He served as director of Vanderbilt (Tenn.) University Library from 1968 until 1982, then as executive director of the South­eastern Library Network in Atlanta until his retirement in 1994. Grisham, who established the Vanderbilt Television News Archive in 1968, received many library awards, including the American Library Association’s (ALA) Melvil Dewey Medal and the Southeastern Library Association’s Rothrock Award.

  • Hauser, Janet

    Janet M. Hauser, 85, who retired from Glencoe (Ill.) Public Library as children’s librarian in 2010, died December 7.

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