Appointments & Retirements

  • Gall, Lizzie

    Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library promoted Lizzie Gall to youth services supervisor September 16.

  • Mehrer, Susanne

    Susanne Mehrer joined Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as dean of libraries December 1.

  • Dolamore, Heidi

    September 30 Heidi Dolamore became director of Berkeley (Calif.) Public Library.

  • Vander Heide, Jennifer

    September 16 Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library promoted Jennifer Vander Heide to circulation services supervisor.

  • Tabberer, Julie

    Julie Tabberer was promoted to local history supervisor at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library September 16.

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  • Gwizdala, Angela

    Angela Gwizdala was promoted to director of editing, design, and production for ALA Editions September 22.

  • Ruzicka, Michael

    October 4 Michael Ruzicka joined Booklist as office manager.

  • Weiss-Ham, Nan

    Nan Weiss-Ham became ASCLA/RUSA office assistant October 18.

  • Chatham, Don

    Don Chatham retired as associate executive director of ALA Publishing Services December 31.

  • Crossley, Taylor

    Taylor Crossley joined the Young Adult Library Services Association as communications assistant October 31.

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  • Erger, Georgia

    Southern Methodist University’s Hamon Arts Library in Dallas has named Georgia Erger as the 2016 Curatorial Fellow for its Hawn Gallery.

  • Case, Mary

    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.

  • Cooper, Judy

    Judy Cooper, coordinator of programs and publications at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, received the Chic Dambach Award for Service to the Literary Arts from Baltimore’s CityLit Project October 18.

  • Wiegand, Wayne

    Wayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies and American Studies at Florida State University in Tallahassee, has been named a distinguished visiting scholar at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress January–May 2017.

  • Brennan, Deirdre

    Deirdre “Dee” Brennan, executive director of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, received the Illinois Library Association’s Atkinson Memorial/Demco Award recognizing sustained activity and contributions that have a lasting impact on librarianship.Deirdre Brennan

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  • Taylor, Nettie

    Nettie B. Taylor, 102, who was elected an ALA Honorary Member in 2005, died October 21. Taylor’s career spanned nearly seven decades. She spent 40 years with the Maryland State Department of Education, where she worked to evolve small community libraries into county public library systems, strengthened resource sharing through the Maryland State Library Network, and led the formation of three regional libraries to provide support services and collections for rural libraries. She was part of the planning teams for the 1979 and 1991 White House Conferences on Library and Information Services and served on the task forces to implement recommendations from both conferences. She lobbied for library funding on both the federal and state levels, working for the first national Library Services Act in 1956 and the Library Services and Construction Act in 1962, and lobbying the Maryland General Assembly to establish a per capita funding formula for public libraries. Taylor was a founding member of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, founding member and president of ALA’s Continuing Library Education Network and Exchange Round Table, a president of ALA’s Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, and an ALA councilor. In addition to ALA Honorary Membership, her honors include the Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service to librarianship and the Maryland Library Association Distinguished Service Award.

  • Esposito, Ashley

    Ashley Stang Esposito, 32, collections and development assessment librarian at Shippensburg (Pa.) University’s Ezra Lehman Library, died October 4.

  • Rood, Catherine

    Catherine Caliva Schweinsberg Rood, 66, who retired as library services director for Brevard County, Florida, in 2012, died September 29. Rood worked for Brevard County Library Services for 32 years and oversaw the library as it transitioned to new technology, including downloadable ebooks and growing internet use.

  • Wilson, Lucy Wood

    Lucy Wood Wilson, 98, a librarian who worked with several California libraries until her 1983 retirement, died August 14. During her career, Wilson worked at the University of San Francisco, Oakland Public Library, University of California Berkeley, Contra Costa County Library System, Richmond Public Library, and Laney College. She also served as the inaugural chair of the El Cerrito Human Relations Commission and was instrumental in founding the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Celebration.

  • Summers, F. William

    F. William Summers, 83, who held many library leadership positions, including Florida state librarian, died August 12. During his career he also served as library director at Cocoa (Fla.) Public Schools, assistant director at Providence (R.I.) Public Library, dean of the Florida State University (FSU) College of Library and Information Studies in Tallahassee, and twice as interim director of FSU’s Strozier Library. Summers was 1988–1989 ALA president, and he served as president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education and Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society for Library and Information Science. He received the Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service to the profession in 1996.

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