September 17, 2017

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

Dale Lockard Barker, former Associate Director of Libraries, University of Miami, a position he held for 23 years, died April 20; he was 91. Barker held a similar position at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Rebecca Burkhart, longtime children’s librarian at Verona Public Library (VPL), NJ, died May 1 at the age of 57. Her career at VPL spanned nearly 32 years.

Jackie Dooley, OCLC Research Program Officer, has been elected Vice President/President-Elect of the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Her one-year term as VP will begin in August; she will serve as the society’s 68th president the following year. Dooley was named an SAA Fellow in 2000.

Mary Pat Essman, Executive Director, Lane Libraries, Hamilton, OH, since 1983, has retired. Carol Bowling, Interim Director, has been Hamilton Branch Manager since 1988.

Sukrit Goswami is the new Director, Saugerties Public Library, NY. He previously was Director, Cohoes Public Library, NY.

Dennis Kelly, Director, Melrose Public Library, MA, has retired after 32 years of service. He earlier worked at Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley Hills, and at Dartmouth Public Library, MA.

Ursula Meyer, former Director of Library Services, Stockton–San Joaquin County Library System, CA, from 1974 to 1994, has died at the age of 83. During her tenure, five new branch libraries were built and most of the others were renovated. She was President of the California Library Association in 1978 and served on the American Library Association Council from 1974 to 1979.

John Trischitti has been appointed Director, Midland County Public Library, TX, effective May 31. He currently is Assistant Director, Hulsey Public Library, Terrell, TX.

Pam Van Kirk, Director, Galesburg Public Library, IL, will retire at the end of May after 13 years in the position. She earlier was a K–12 School Librarian for 19 years in Illinois and Colorado.

Victoria Yarbrough will become Leisure and Library Services Director, Sierra Vista Public Library, AZ, effective June 6. She currently is Director, Douglas Public Library, AZ.

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