Toni Buckner, Director, Sierra Madre Public Library (SMPL), CA, has retired after a 34-year career. Director since 1985, she earned a John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award from the American Library Association in 1987 for SMPL’s Centennial Celebration.
Samantha Chada has joined the Sandusky Library, OH, as Emerging Technology Librarian. She had been Account Specialist, OverDrive, Inc., Cleveland.
Mary Faith Chmiel is the new Director, Spotswood Public Library, NJ. She most recently was President, Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium, Avenel, NJ.
Sheila Collins is the new Director, William Faust Library, Westland Public Library, MI. She most recently was Executive Director of Libraries, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK.
Donna Dziedzic has been appointed Interim Director, Evanston Public Library, IL, serving until early 2012 while recruitment for a permanent Director is under way. She recently retired as Executive Director, Naperville Public Library, IL.
Jennifer Giltrop has been promoted to Director of Public Services, District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL). She was Assistant Director of Public Services at DCPL.
Susan Gregory, Development Specialist, Pioneer Library System, Norman, OK, has been hired as Director, Bozeman Public Library, MT. She succeeds Alice Meister, who retired at the end of 2010.
Dennis Hayes, Assistant Library Director, Jersey City Free Public Library (JCFPL), retired October 1 after 56 years of service. He began his career at JCFPL as Junior Library Clerk and rose through the ranks to become Director. In 2002, Hayes stepped down to become Assistant Director in Charge of Outreach.
Michael Healy is joining Copyright Clearance Center as Executive Director, Author and Publisher Relations. He previously was Executive Director (Designate), Book Rights Registry.
Shaney Livingston, Interim Director, Alachua County Library District (ACLD), Gainesville, FL, has been appointed Director. She has worked at ACLD since 1990, most recently since 2005 as Administrative Services Director. She succeeds Sol Hirsch, who retired on May 31.
Laura Mitchell, Escondido City Librarian, Escondido Public Library (EPL), CA, has retired after 22 years of service. Jo Ann Greenberg, Deputy City Librarian at EPL, is her successor.
Cindy Moriarity is the new Head of Children’s Services, La Grange Park Public Library, IL, replacing the retiring Meb Ingold. Moriarity was Head of Youth Services, Brookfield Public Library, IL.
Steven Nielsen has become Vice President of Product Management, Polaris Library Systems. He most recently was Director, Bettendorf Public Library, IA, and previously Senior Vice President for Product Management, Dynix (now SirsiDynix).
Elsworth Rockefeller has been named Adult and Teen Services Manager, Oak Park Public Library, IL. He most recently was Manager of Children’s and Teen Services, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, District of Columbia Public Library.
Pat Ryckman is the new Duncan Branch Manager, Alexandria Library, VA. She was Media Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, NC.
Robert Shupe has been appointed Director, Logan Library, UT. He was Director, Mohave County Library District, Kingman, AZ.
Mark Spasser is the new Director, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University, Detroit. He most recently was Director of Research Services and Medical Library Services, Josey Health Science Library, Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC.
Leander Spearman has been chosen as the next Director, Belleville Public Library, IL, replacing Jo Ann Rushing, who has been interim director since Harriet Zipfel retired in May. Spearman, currently Human Resources Recruiter, St. Louis County Library, will likely begin at Belleville this month.
Elaine Tennant, Professor in the German and Scandinavian departments, University of California–Berkeley (UCB), is the new James D. Hart Director, Bancroft Library, UCB. She replaces Charles Faulhaber, UCB Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese.
Mary Tzambazakis is the new Chief Administrative Officer, Hartford Public Library, CT, replacing Julio Molleda, who was recently named Finance Director, City of Hartford. Tzambazakis was Town Manager, Ware, MA.
Laura Wood is the new Director, Tisch Library, Tufts University, Medford, MA. She previously was Director, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Cranston Public Library (CPL), RI, has announced two new hires. Kieran Ayton is Information Services and Technology Librarian and previously was Reference Librarian, Rhode Island College, Providence. Ed Garcia, a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, is Technology Coordinator; he was Information Access Librarian at CPL.
Retirees honored at Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library, Fair Lawn, NJ, include Penny Kaplan, Assistant Director, with 35 years of service, 24 of which she spent in that role. Nancy Fezell has retired after 40 years of service, most recently as Principal Librarian, Technical Services.
Jonas Balys, former Head Librarian, Library of Congress’s (LC) Slavic and Central European Division, died September 9 at the age of 102. Balys worked at LC from 1956 to 1981 and wrote hundreds of scholarly articles on Lithuanian culture. He was born in Lithuania, received a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Vienna in 1933, and immigrated to the United States in 1948.
Barbara Jeanne Brown, University Librarian, Washington and Lee University (W&L), Lexington, VA, from 1985 to 2003, died on August 27; she was 69. Brown joined W&L in 1971, oversaw the introduction of automation, doubled the library’s holdings, and established the Telford Science Library.
Homer Hall, Director, Floyd County Library, Prestonburg, KY, has died; he was 78. Under his 20-plus-year tenure, Hall introduced Internet service and opened an additional branch library. He previously was a Regional Librarian, Kentucky Department of Libraries, and began his 51 years of library service as a Bookmobile Librarian, Floyd County Board of Education.
James Rancilio, Director, Bullard Sanford Memorial Library, Vassar, MI, died suddenly on September 8 at the age of 57. He had been Director since 1987 and before that Branch Manager, Genesee District Library, Flint, MI. Rancilio initiated bookmobile and books by mail service, among other accomplishments, and was named the 2007 Michigan Librarian of the Year.