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Appointments & Retirements

  • Adams, Paula

    Paula Adams became director of the Reference and Instruction Unit at Kennesaw (Ga.) State University in May.

  • Bellard, Lauren

    In April, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries appointed Lauren Bellard North Carolina Historic Newspapers Project librarian.

  • Conrad, Suzanna

    Suzanna Conrad was appointed associate dean for digital technologies and resource management at the University Library of California State University, Sacramento, in June.

  • Dames, Matthew

    July 1 K. Matthew Dames began as university librarian at Boston University.

  • Fratta, Megan

    Megan Fratta joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries as community outreach and global health librarian June 4.

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At ALA

  • Hayes, Amber

    Amber Hayes joined the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services as outreach and communications program officer May 29.

  • Oakley, Samantha

    The Public Programs Office promoted Samantha Oakley to program officer June 4.

  • Parsons-Diamond, Gena

    May 14 Gena Parsons-Diamond became program coordinator for member services for the Association of College and Research Libraries.

  • Roth, Jeffrey

    Assistant Director of Development Jeffrey Roth left ALA May 18.

  • Torres, Remigio

    Remigio Torres joined ALA’s Development Office as development operations associate on June 18.

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Cited

  • Athens Regional Library System

    Georgia Public Library Service has named Athens Regional Library System as Georgia’s Public Library of the Year.

  • Edwards, Mary

    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.

  • Robinson, Alice

    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.

  • Hunter, Ben

    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.

  • Polanka, Sue

    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.

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Obituaries

  • Kayden, Mimi

    Mimi Kayden, 84, a book marketing director for Dutton and Penguin Young Readers for 28 years, as well as at HarperCollins and North-South, died April 16. In 2006, she received the Association for Library Service to Children’s Distinguished Service Award.

  • Derner, Carol

    Carol Derner, 83, director of Lake County (Ind.) Public Library from 1985 until her 1999 retirement, died April 20. She had stints at several public libraries in Indiana and Illinois throughout her career, which began in 1958. She was named Woman of the Year by Merrillville (Ind.) Business and Professional Women in 1990, and the Indiana Library Federation named her its Outstanding Librarian in 1997.

  • Gibson, Theresa

    Theresa “Terry” Lynn Gibson, 71, a librarian at Wellsville (Ohio) Carnegie Public Library for 20 years until retiring in 2016, died April 26.

  • Leamon, David

    David Leamon, 78, director of Topeka and Shawnee County (Kans.) Public Library for 13 years, died April 23. Before joining the library in 1992, he led public libraries in San Antonio, Texas, and Jackson, Michigan.

  • Nicholson, Eric

    Eric Nicholson, 67, senior library specialist at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, died December 12, 2017.

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