December 1, 2015

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Gale Etschmaier has been appointed Dean, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University. She was Associate University Librarian for Public Service, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Mary Giunta has been named Director, Social Sciences Libraries, Columbia University, New York; she has served as Acting Director since August 2009. She began her career as a Reference Librarian at Barnard College, part of Columbia, in 1980.

Heidi Julien is the next Director, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, effective August 16. She currently is Professor and Graduate Coordinator, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

DeLaciea “Lace” Keaton has been named Director, Newton County Library System, Covington, GA, effective June 1, replacing Greg Heid, who is now Director of the Des Moines Public Library. Keaton currently is Director, Okefenokee Regional Library System, Waycross, GA.

Nadine Robinson is retiring from her position as Director, Granville Public Library, OH, after 29 years of service. Her successor is Charles Hansen, who has been Director, Loudonville Public Library, OH, since 2009.

Norman D. Stevens, the Cofounder and Director, Molesworth Institute, Storrs, CT, a fictional venue that has served as a source of writings on library humor since 1956 (and retired Director of University Libraries, University of Connecticut, Storrs), has become Director Emeritus. Katie Herzog, Reference Assistant and Artist in Residence, Whittier Public Library, CA, takes over as Molesworth Director Pro-Tem.

Trish Taylor is retiring after 13 years as Adult Services Division Manager, Santa Clara City Library, CA. During her 40 year-library career, she worked at Shields Library, University of California, Davis; College of Law Library, University of Arizona, Tucson; and the Chicago Public Library.

Tom Simiele, Director, Indian Trails Public Library, Wheeling, IL, since 2009, has resigned. Michael Madden will serve as Interim Director. Madden was Director, Schaum­burg Township Library District, IL, for 41 years until his retirement in 2008.

Lance Werner has been appointed Director, Kent District Library, Comstock Park, MI, effective May 2. Werner has served as Director, Capital Area District Library, Lansing, MI.

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