November 20, 2014

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 12/16/11

Joanna Bailey has been named Director, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA. She has served as Interim Director for the past two years.

Maureen Nicholas Brodar is the new Youth Services Manager, Shaker Heights Public Library (SHPL), OH. She previously was Children’s Librarian at SHPL.

Philip Cheney is the new Director, Oconee County Public Library (OCPL), Walhalla, SC, effective January 2012. Replacing the retiring Sue Baldwin, Cheney most recently supervised OCPL’s three branches and its ­­bookmobile.

Susan Cooley, Director, Sara Hightower Regional Library, Rome, GA, was due to retire December 30. Instead, she will return to her position after a four-month leave of absence until her successor is chosen. She has worked at the library since 1988.

Mary Frances Cooper has been named director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh effective January 1, 2012. Cooper has served as the library’s deputy director since 2008. She has previously worked at the New York Public Library, Minneapolis Public Library and the Louisville Free Public Library. She replaces Barbara K. Mistick who resigned as president and director in May to become president of Wilson College in Chambersburg.

Kyle Cox has been promoted to Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Libraries (MCL), Kennewick, WA. He had served as Interim Executive Director at MCL for the past 18 months and before that was Administrative Services Director.

John Fuchs, Director of the Rochester Public Library, NH, for the past nine years, will retire in January 2012.

Eva Hallock has been named Institutional Library Development Consultant, Colorado State Library, Denver, serving adult prison libraries. She previously was Librarian, Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.

Laurie Hunter
is the new Physical Sciences Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously was Reference Librarian, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC.

Jane Light, City Librarian, San José Public Library (SJPL), CA, will retire at the end of March 2012. In 2000, Light was instrumental in the success of a $212 million bond issue. She also oversaw the SJPL and San José State University partnership to provide services at the main library, which was honored as Library Journal’s 2004 Library of the Year.

Deanna Marcum will become Managing Director, Ithaka S+R, effective January 1, 2012. She most recently was Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of ­Congress.

Linda Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library, Canton, IL, will retire December 31. She worked at the library for 21 years.

Terri Stano is the new Director, Thayer Public Library, Braintree, MA. Most recently Assistant Director, Stano replaces Elizabeth Wolfe, who is now the Director, Brockton Public Library System, MA.

Barbara Turkington has been hired as Assistant Director for Advancement, St. Louis County Library. She most recently was Executive Director, OASIS Institute, St. Louis.

Eric Werthmann has been appointed Director, Acorn Public Library District (APLD), Oak Forest, IL. He most recently was Interim Director and prior to that was APLD’s Reference Librarian and Adult Programmer.

OBITUARIES
Robert W. Houk, Public Printer of the United States, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), from March 1990 to February 1993, died Sunday, December 4, at his home in Shelby, OH. He was 84. Appointed by President George H.W. Bush, Houk was the 22nd man to hold the title of Public Printer since its inception in 1876. During his three years in the position, Houk was instrumental in the incorporation of electronic information technologies into the agency while improving the provision of conventional printing and distribution services.

Rosemary Williams, former Librarian, Bracken Library, Ball State University (BSU), Muncie, IN, died at the age of 91. She worked at BSU for 24 years, retiring in 1984.

Mary Wilson
, Head of Youth Services, Rochester Hills Public Library, MI, died November 27 at the age of 49.

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Michael Kelley (mkelley@mediasourceinc.com) is the former Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal.

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  1. Ted Schmidt, library director of the Loveland(CO) Public Library will be retiring after 22 years. He also served as library director at the Missoula(MT) Public Library and the Estes Park (CO) Public Library. He will be suceeded by Marcia Lewis who has served the Loveland Public Library as assistant director.