Appointments & Retirements
The University of Pittsburgh appointed Kornelia Tancheva as Hillman University Librarian and directory of the university library system effective May 1.
Clement Guthro was appointed dean of the library at Cal State Fullerton effective March 30
In March Anna Gold became university librarian at Worcester (Mass.) Polytechnic Institute.
Christine Stachowicz became director of technical services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library January 1.
Roxanne Backowski joined the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library as electronic resources management librarian in February.
In February Kerri Price left ALA’s Governance Office to become associate director in the Office for Accreditation.
Laura Dare retired as associate director of ALA’s Office for Accreditation in February.
Dan Bostrom, manager of marketing and membership at the Association for Library Service to Children, left ALA February 24.
Larry Deutsch became manager of communications for the Public Library Association February 13.
February 6 Donna Hunter joined Conference Services as marketing coordinator.
The Book Industry Study Group presented its Award of Excellence to John Ingram, chair of Ingram Content Group of Nashville, at its annual meeting September 30.
Christopher Prom, assistant university archivist and Andrew S.G. Turyn Endowed Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Kate Murray, IT specialist at the Library of Congress’s Technology Policy Directorate, have been named cochairs of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s and Digital Preservation Coalition’s Task Force on Technical Approaches for Email Archives.
Jennifer Lautzenheiser, director of Middle Georgia Regional Library System in Macon, received the Public Librarian of the Year Award from the Georgia Public Library Service January 7.
Southern Methodist University’s Hamon Arts Library in Dallas has named Georgia Erger as the 2016 Curatorial Fellow for its Hawn Gallery.
Mary M. Case, university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Chicago, became president of the Association of Research Libraries in September.
Roy E. Barnes, 86, serials librarian and associate professor in education at the University of Toledo (Ohio), died February 6. Barnes was part of the university faculty for more than 35 years until his 1992 retirement and taught library science classes at the university’s Scott Park campus.
Sandra “Sandy” Friedman Dolnick, 80, founder and former executive director of Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA), the predecessor to United for Libraries, died December 11. Dolnick was a member of Friends groups in Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. She developed the idea that became FOLUSA while serving on a Friends of the Library committee in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Library Administration and Management Association. She led FOLUSA from 1979 until her 2002 retirement, creating partnerships with publishers and corporate sponsors and steadily growing its membership to more than 2,600 Friends groups. Dolnick facilitated a partnership with HarperCollins to create the Barbara Kingsolver Award, which for 10 years awarded $10,000 for the purchase of books to an outstanding small Friends group. She also created FOLUSA’s Books for Babies program and wrote Friends of Libraries Sourcebook (ALA Editions, 1996) and Essential Friends of Libraries: Fast Facts, Forms, and Tips (ALA Editions, 2004).
Waynnhall “Waynn” Pearson, 72, director of Cerritos (Calif.) Millennium Library from 1981 until his 2006 retirement, died January 31. Under his leadership, the library was expanded and rebranded as an “experience library” with enhanced book collections, integrated technology, and rich learning environments. This vision earned the library the ALA/American Institute of Architects’ Award of Excellence, as well as honors from Los Angeles magazine, Reader’s Digest, and L.A. Parent magazine. Before joining Cerritos Library, Pearson served as a librarian at Pomona Public Library and Ontario Public Library in California.
Amanda S. Rudd, 93, commissioner of Chicago Public Library (CPL) from 1982 until her 1985 retirement, died February 11. Rudd was the first woman and the first African American to serve as commissioner of CPL. She previously served as assistant director of school libraries with Cleveland Public Schools in the late 1960s and an educational consultant with World Book Encyclopedia in the 1970s.
Kevin Starr, 76, a professor at the University of Southern California and California state librarian 1994–2004, died January 14. He had also served as San Francisco’s city librarian. Starr was a renowned historian of California, writing the five-volume Americans and the California Dream series, which told the story of the state from the Gold Rush to the 1960s.