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Appointments & Retirements

  • Benningfield, Tony

    Tony Benningfield became director of Jefferson County (Mo.) Library April 1.

  • Diede, Charles

    Charles Diede became executive director of Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville in New York in December.

  • Dumas, Emily

    Emily Dumas started as director of Troy (Mich.) Public Library February 22.

  • Duvernay, Jina

    Jina DuvernayApril 5 Jina DuVernay became coordinator of African American studies and primary resource literacy at Atlanta University Center Library.

  • Heilman, Katherine

    Katherine HeilmanKatherine Heilman joined University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries February 8 as electronic resources librarian and assistant professor in the Department of Technical Services.

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At ALA

  • Castle, Lainie

    Lainie Castle, deputy director of the Public Programs Office, left March 8.

  • Jackson, Ni’Shele

    Ni’Shele Jackson, program assistant for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), left April 8.

  • Lam, Anna

    YALSA Communications Specialist Anna Lam left March 12.

  • O’Connor, Nichole

    Nichole O’Connor, YALSA program officer for conferences and events, left April 2.

  • Carrazco, Crystal

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

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Cited

  • 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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Obituaries

  • Carty, Margaret

    Margaret PartyMargaret Carty, 82, executive director of the Maryland Library Association (MLA) since 1999, died February 4. During her tenure, she revitalized MLA, building a sustainable conference and forging partnerships with NASA and the Delaware Library Association. Carty was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2013 by the Maryland Daily Record.

  • Eggers, Loretta

    Loretta “Lolly” Eggers, 91, died February 26. She worked at Iowa City (Iowa) Public Library from 1969–1994, including 20 years as director. During her tenure, Eggers helped to modernize the library, and in 1980 it became one of the first in the country to have computerized checkout and catalog systems. She wrote the books A Century of Stories: The History of the Iowa City Public Library, 1896–1997 and Iowa City’s Irving Weber: A Biography.

  • Ellenberger, Jack

    Jack Ellenberger, 90, former president of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), died November 21. He started his career as law librarian at the US Department of Health before working at several law firms. He received AALL’s Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award in 1994 and is a member of the AALL Hall of Fame.

  • Hedin, Mena

    Mena Hedin, 83, librarian at Marlborough (Mass.) Public Library until retiring in 2012, died January 14. She started as a page and worked for the library for 58 years.

  • Howard, Margaret

    Margaret Howard, 96, retired librarian at Cherokee Lane and Seabrook elementary schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland, died January 10.

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