Appointments & Retirements

  • Ali, Nazli

    Nazli Ali became librarian at the Escalon branch of Stockton-San Joaquin County (Calif.) Public Library in February.

  • Bopp, Melanie

    George Mason University Libraries in Fairfax, Virginia, named Melanie Bopp head of access services, effec­tive January 6.

  • Clark, Jasmine

    Jasmine Clark joined Temple University Libraries in Philadelphia as digital schol­arship librarian in October.

  • DiVittorio, Katy

    Katy DiVittorio was appointed depart­ment head of collections strategies at University of Colorado Denver’s Auraria Library in October.

  • Ginsberg, Sharona

    February 17 Sharona Ginsberg began as head of Terrapin Learning Commons at University of Maryland in College Park.

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  • Bedford, Katie

    Katie Bedford joined Conference Services as conference assistant February 17.

  • Berquist, Rob

    Internet Administrator Rob Berquist left ALA February 25.

  • Carrazco, Crystal

    Crystal Carrazco, previously ALA member communications specialist, became social media manager in the Communications and Marketing Office February 3.

  • Davis, Mary Ellen

    Association of College and Research Libraries Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis retired April 24.

  • Harris, Sharon

    Sharon Harris, accounting specialist, left ALA January 31.

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  • Kuonen, Cheryl

    Cheryl Kuonen, executive director of Mentor (Ohio) Public Library, received a Woman of Achievement Award from Lakeland Community College March 22.

  • Berman, Sanford

    Activist librarian Sanford Berman received the Edina (Minn.) Human Rights and Relations Com­mission’s Tom Oye Award, which honors residents’ socially minded pursuits, in recognition of his work to eliminate language that perpet­uates bias from library catalogs.

  • Lakvold, Pamela

    Pamela LakvoldEast Baton Rouge (La.) Parish Library’s Children’s Services presented its Spaht Scholar Award to Pamela Cambre Lakvold, librarian at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School in Baton Rouge.

  • Richardson, Simone

    October 22 Simone Richardson, a librarian at Akron-Summit County (Ohio) Public Library’s business and government division, received the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correc­tion’s Impact Award for her work providing services to formerly incarcerated individuals.

  • Thomas, Felton

    Cleveland Magazine named Cleveland Public Library Exec­utive Director Felton Thomas Jr. its 2019 Community Leader of the Year.

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  • Brunell, David

    David H. Brunell, 73, executive director of the Bibliograph­ical Center for Research in Aurora, Colorado, for 21 years, died February 14.

  • Erway, Ricky

    Ricky ErwayRicky Erway, 62, senior program officer at OCLC Research until her 2015 retirement, died January 25. Erway began her library career as an instructional materials librar­ian at University of Wisconsin but became a leader in digital library technologies when she joined a Library of Congress (LC) team evaluating its optical disk project in 1986. At LC, she eventually became associate coordinator of American Memory, a project that increased public access to LC special collections and that demonstrated that film, video, audio recordings, books, and photographs could be digitized. In 1995, she became digital resources manager at RLG, a research libraries collabora­tive, leading projects like Studies in Scarlet, which demon­strated the benefits of collaborative digitization initiatives, and the Art Museum Image Consortium Library, an early effort to deliver high-quality pictures of museum objects online. She continued working to advance library digiti­zation when RLG merged with OCLC in 2006, producing reports like Shifting Gears to advance primary source digiti­zation and the Demystifying Born Digital series.

  • Lynch, Mary Jo

    Mary Jo Lynch, 80, director of the ALA Office for Research and Statistics from 1976-2003, died February 26. In 1994, she received the Rutgers School of Communication and Information and Library Studies’ Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award. Prior to joining ALA, she was a reference librarian at University of Detroit (now University of Detroit Mercy) and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an assistant professor in the University of Michigan’s School of Llbrary Science.

  • Morris, Betty

    Betty J. Morris, 82, former school library program chair at Jacksonville (Ala.) State University, died February 18. She had also taught at University of West Georgia in Carrolton and received the Alabama Library Association’s Eminent Librarian Award in 2014.

  • Williams, Barbara Ann

    Barbara Ann Williams, 75, died February 20. She served in the US Navy and worked in the Naval Library in Arlington, Virginia. After earning her MLlS in 1980, she served as a systems and reference librarian at NASA from 1980–1987, as program manager for the Maxima Corporation from 1987–1993, and as library consultant with the TransAfrica Forum, where she also built the founding reference collection for its Arthur R. Ashe Jr. Foreign Policy Library. She later worked at the Library of Congress and served on the executive board of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

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