Appointments & Retirements

  • Boksenbaum, Martha

    Martha BoksembaumCranston (R.I.) Public Library appointed Martha Boksenbaum as youth services librarian at its Auburn branch in November.

  • Burchfield, William

    October 16 William Burchfield joined the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort as cataloging librarian.

  • Caldwell, Deborah

    Deborah Yun CaldwellThe University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries appointed Deborah Yun Caldwell as 2018–2020 diversity resident in December.

  • Dean, Will

    Will Dean became research and data services librarian at Temple University’s Ginsburg Health Sciences Library in Philadelphia in October.

  • DuVernay, Jina

    Jina DuVernay began a two-year fellowship as visiting archivist of African-American collections at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library in Atlanta January 22.

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  • Edwards-Newman, Valeria

    ALA Staff Support Services promoted Valeria Edwards-Newman to office manager in December.

  • Gregory-Wood, Lois Ann

    December 28 Lois Ann Gregory-Wood retired as Council secretariat after 50 years with ALA.

  • Jones, Courtney

    ALSC Awards Coordinator Courtney Jones left ALA January 4.

  • Jones, Earla

    January 14 Earla J. Jones joined ALA as director of conference service operations.

  • Manly, Anne

    The ALA Development Office named Anne Manly assistant director, corporate and foundation relations, December 10.

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  • Huggins, Melanie

    December 12 Melanie Huggins, executive director of Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina, received One Columbia Arts and History’s 2018 Stephen G. Morrison Visionary Award, recognizing Columbians who support the growth and vitality of the city.

  • Gordon, Jennifer

    In October Jennifer Gordon, librarian at Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, received the 2018–2019 Milken Educator Award, which recognizes early- and mid-career education professionals.

  • Cesta, Jennifer

    The Jefferson County (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce named Jennifer Cesta, public relations coordinator for the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, as Ambassador of the Year in October.

  • Walker, Rebekah

    Rebekah Walker, digital humanities and social sciences librarian at Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology received a scholarship to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Vancouver in June.

  • Wisniewski, Rebecca

    Rebecca Wisniewski, interlibrary loan manager at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, received a campus Outstanding Work Performance award.

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  • Fajardo, L.H. Werner

    L. H. Werner Fajardo, 92, who held several positions at University of California, Santa Barbara Library for more than 20 years, including supervision in cataloging, special collections, and bibliographic searching, died in August. Fajardo was active in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials.

  • Mullen, Helen

    Helen Mae Mullen, 91, a librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia for 44 years, died December 2. Mullen began her career as a children’s librarian and progressed to coordinator of the Office of Work with Children, becoming the first African-American woman to head a department at the library. She served as 1981–1982 president of the Association of Library Service to Children and received the Public Library Association’s Allie Beth Martin Award in 1992, the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1994, and outstanding alumni awards from both Hastings College and Syracuse University.

  • Rochell, Carlton

    Carlton C. Rochell, 85, dean of New York University Libraries until his 1999 retirement, died December 23. As dean, he launched the first minicomputer-based online catalog in the country; incorporated the Courant Institute, Business and Real Estate Institute Libraries, and the NYU Archives; founded the Wagner Labor Archives; launched the Elmer H. Bobst Awards for Arts and Letters; brought the NYU Press under the management of the libraries; and integrated campus media and video production services. He served as chairman of the board of the Research Libraries Group, on the board of the Association of Research Libraries, and on ALA Council. He led the New York delegation to the White House Conference on Libraries in 1979, was a member of the New York State Governor’s Commission on Libraries, and was chair of the New York Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. Prior to joining NYU, Rochell was director of Atlanta Public Library from 1968–1976, and in the early 1960s, worked to integrate city libraries in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Anniston, Alabama.

  • Webster, Kay

    Kay Webster, 61, coordinator of youth services for 38 years at Greene County (Ohio) Public Library, died November 27. Webster was instrumental in the library’s decision to reinstate its bookmobile in 2001.

  • Cortez, Edwin

    Edwin M. Cortez, 66, professor in the School of Information Sciences at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, until his 2016 retirement, died October 6. He also taught at University of Wisconsin–Madison; Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; Pratt Institute in New York City; and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He chaired several American Library Association (ALA) committees, particularly those related to accreditation.

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