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Appointments & Retirements

  • Aschliman, Jillian

    Bettendorf (Iowa) Public Library appointed Jillian Aschliman director in April.

  • Chartier, Courtney

    Courtney ChartierCourtney Chartier joined Columbia University Libraries in New York City as director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library in July.

  • Dos, DeLa

    The Association of Research Libraries appointed DeLa Dos senior director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, effective June 7.

  • Hegna, Megan

    March 1 Megan M. H. Hegna joined Patterson Library in Westfield, New York, as director.

  • Hobson, Heidi

    Heidi Hobson joined Akron (Colo.) Public Library as director in February.

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At ALA

  • Burton, Alice

    Development Communications Associate Alice Burton left ALA June 16.

  • Griffin, Megan

    Megan Griffin, senior program officer for the Association of College and Research Libraries, left ALA June 25.

  • Prellwitz, Wendy

    Gwendolyn “Wendy” Prellwitz, assistant director for recruitment and retention in the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS), left ALA June 4.

  • Strowder, Kevin

    Kevin D. Strowder began as director of ODLOS June 21.

  • Brown, Yumeka

    Yumeka Brown, program officer for the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Merritt Fund, left ALA April 23.

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Cited

  • Alford, Larry

    Larry Alford, chief librarian at University of Toronto Libraries, received the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship May 18.

  • Kear, Robin

    Robin Kear, liaison librarian in research and educational support at University of Pittsburgh, became the first librarian elected university senate president, effective July 1.

  • California Library Association

    The California Library Association has inducted Michael Buckland, professor emeritus and former dean of University of California, Berkeley; the late poet and former librarian at San Francisco Public Library Hiroshi Kashiwagi; and Bonny White, retired deputy director of Marin County Free Library, into the California Library Hall of Fame.

  • Hartford Public Library

    Hartford Public Library’s Hartford History Center received an Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations for its online exhibit “October 1920,” about the centennial of women’s suffrage.

  • 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.

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Obituaries

  • Croft, Betty Mary Ellen

    Betty Mary Ellen Croft, 94, former head of the cataloging department at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and director of Northwest Missouri State University Library in Maryville, died April 9.

  • Haas, Leslie

    Leslie M. Haas, 54, dean of library services at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kansas, died June 10. Haas joined FHSU in 2020 after working at Georgia Southern Uni-versity in Statesboro; Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Loyola University Chicago; University of Utah in Salt Lake City; Kent (Ohio) State University; and Texas A&M University in College Station.

  • Henderson, William

    William T Henderson, 90, who served as acquisitions librarian at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and preservation librarian at UIUC, died June 11, 2020. Henderson was an American Library Association (ALA) life member and an early implementer of automation for bindery efforts. He and his wife Kathryn (also an LIS instructor) team-taught preservation courses at UIUC. In 2014 Beta Phi Mu’s Alpha Chapter established the Kathryn Luther and William T Henderson Award to honor them.

  • Minudri, Regina

    Regina Minudri, 84, director of Berkeley (Calif.) Public Library from 1977 until her 1994 retirement, died June 18. After California’s Proposition 13 in 1978 reduced public library financing, she became the first library director in the state to secure tax funding through voter approval in 1980. She also started Berkeley’s Tool Lending Library, developed a citywide community information model, and established a library-based adult literacy program. She served as California Library Association president 1981–1982 and ALA president 1986–1987 and was elected to the California Library Hall of Fame in 2012.

  • Mueller, Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Ann Mueller, 86, director of Appalachian Regional Library in North Carolina until retiring in 2000, died May 24. She previously served as consulting services director for Chicago Suburban Library System in Burr Ridge, Illinois, and was named the Illinois Library Association’s Librarian of the Year in 1993.

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