Appointments & Retirements

  • Baker, Bethany

    May 15 Bethany Baker became virtual services librarian at Mesa County (Colo.) Libraries.

  • Buchanan, Sharon

    Sharon Buchanan became youth services librarian at Rappahannock County (Va.) Public Library in April.

  • Lionberger, Erik

    March 8 Erik Lionberger became creative technologies manager at Mesa County (Colo.) Libraries.

  • Maguire, Jean

    In January Jean Maguire became director of Maynard (Mass.) Public Library.

  • McConnell, Emily

    January 30 Emily McConnell joined Mesa County (Colo.) Libraries as head of adult learning.

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  • Brown, Yumeka

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

  • Cho, Heather

    Heather Cho, campaign specialist for the Libraries Transform program in the Communications and Marketing Office (CMO), left ALA April 21.

  • Czarnik, Judy

    Judy Czarnik started May 10 as membership marketing and engagement manager.

  • Simon, Lindsey

    Lindsey Simon, content strategy manager in CMO, left ALA April 27.

  • Castle, Lainie

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Ruwaldt, James

    James Ruwaldt, 49, a library technician at the Library of Congress, died December 24.

  • Singh, Rosemary

    Rosemary Anne Young Singh, 75, who worked at Manitowoc (Wis.) Public Library and the Main and Mathematics libraries at University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, died January 21.

  • Smith, Henrietta

    Henrietta M. Smith, 98, professor emerita at University of South Florida, died April 21. Smith edited four editions of The Coretta Scott King Awards, ALA’s publication that profiles winning books and their authors and artists. She received the 2008 Association for Library Service to Children Distinguished Service Award, the 2011 Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the 2014 Carle Honors award from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

  • Wood, Lisa Harper

    Lisa Harper Wood, 64, director of Keller (Tex.) Public Library from 1987 to 2007, died April 27. She also served as director of Richland Hills (Tex.) Public Library for five years and was named Library Director of the Year in 1994 by the Texas Municipal League.

  • Coblentz, Kathie

    Kathie Coblentz, 73, rare materials cataloger at New York Public Library’s (NYPL) Stephen A. Schwarzman building, died April 6. Coblentz had been with NYPL since 1969, and she cataloged and revised cataloging of rare books and spe-cial collections in English and European languages. She also wrote Your Home Library: The Complete System for Organizing, Locating, Referencing and Maintaining Your Book Collection and coedited with Robert E. Kapsis collections of interviews of Clint Eastwood and Alfred Hitchcock.

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