Appointments & Retirements

  • Akinde, Victoria

    June 28 Victoria O. Akinde became head of organizational development and diversity at Northwestern University Libraries in Evanston, Illinois.

  • Callegari, Catherine

    Catherine Callegari started as assistant director of patron services at Scarsdale (N.Y.) Public Library June 21.

  • Cumbo, Piper

    July 8 Piper Cumbo joined Auburn (Ala.) University Libraries as instruction librarian.

  • Cunningham, Maria

    Maria Cunningham became director of special collections at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland July 7.

  • Dames, Matthew

    August 1 K. Matthew Dames became Edward H. Arnold University Librarian at University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

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  • Day, Emily

    Emily Day, conference content manager for Conference Services, left ALA July 30.

  • Diaz, Ellie

    Office for Intellectual Freedom Program Officer Ellie Diaz left ALA July 14.

  • Jamison, Carla

    July 19 Carla Jamison joined the Young Adult Library Services Association as program officer.

  • Malone, Robert

    Robert “Jay” Malone became executive director for the Association of College and Research Libraries September 7.

  • Ostman, Sarah

    Sarah Ostman was promoted to deputy director of the Public Programs Office in March.

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  • Bouwsma, Julia

    Julia Bouwsma, director of Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine, was appointed the state’s poet laureate in August.

  • Alvino, Jennifer, and Garcia, Ed

    Jennifer Alvino, director of Windham (Maine) Public Library, and Ed Garcia, director of Cranston (R.I.) Public Library, received the New England Library Association’s Emerson Greenaway Award for distinguished service in librarianship in October.

  • 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.

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  • Adcock, Donald

    Donald C. Adcock, 86, director of library services at Glen Ellyn (Ill.) School District 41 from 1963 to 1989, died July 15. He served as coordinator for program support of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and later as interim director. After leaving AASL, he became university supervisor and then interim director for the school library media program at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

  • Hines, Richard

    Richard “Rich” Hines, 74, librarian emeritus at University of Portland in Oregon and dean for information services until his 2006 retirement, died May 11. Hines worked in academic libraries for more than 20 years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge; Duke University in Durham, North Carolina; and Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

  • Muir, Patricia

    Patricia Muir, 91, longtime executive secretary at the American Library Association (ALA) until her 1997 retirement, died February 12.

  • Pletzke, Linda

    Linda Pletzke, 79, retired assistant chief of the Library of Congress Acquisition Division, died July 10. Pletzke was an active member of ALA and served on and chaired several committees. Her career included time as a children’s librarian at Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, reference librarian at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library, acquisitions librarian at Northwestern University Libraries in Evanston, Illinois, and head of the Special Order Section at the Library of Congress.

  • Reynolds, Don

    Don Reynolds, 79, director of Nolichucky Regional Library Center in Morristown, Tennessee, until his 2010 retirement, died August 16. Reynolds was founding director and 2007–2008 president of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. In retirement he remained an advocate for libraries, staying active in Friends of Tennessee Libraries and serving as its president 2014–2017.

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