July 30, 2014

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 06/25/12

Janice Benedict, Librarian, Loveland Public Library, CO, is retiring after 15 years. Her career as a librarian has spanned 25 years.

Susan Davis is the new Executive Director, Pottstown Regional Public Library, PA. She previously was Director, Muhlenberg Community Library, Reading, PA.

Robert Dizard has been promoted to Deputy Librarian of Congress. He was Library of Congress (LC) Chief of Staff for the past two years and has worked at LC for 22 years.

Mary Jo Finch has been appointed Director, Westbank Libraries (WL), Austin, TX. She succeeds Beth Fox, who retired after 30 years of service. Finch previously was Branch Manager, Laura’s Library (named for former First Lady Laura Bush), part of WL.

Mary Ann Laun, Dean, Shatford Library, Pasadena City College, CA, will retire this summer after 32 years of service.

Michele Coleman Mayes has been appointed Vice President, General Counsel, New York Public Library (NYPL), effective in August. She most recently was Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Allstate ­Corporation.

Russell Parker, Reference Librarian, Elmwood Park Public Library, IL, has retired after 29 years of service.

Amy Sadkin is the new Director, Newbury Town Library, Byfield, MA. She previously was Director, Lunenburg Public Library, MA.

Jack Siggins, University Librarian, George Washington University (GWU), Washington, DC, has announced his retirement, effective August 31. He will transition to Advisor, Provost’s Office, a position he will hold through winter 2013, as GWU’s Gelman Library is ­renovated.

John Szabo has been named City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library, and is expected to assume his duties by the end of the summer. He has been Director, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System since 2005.

Susan Weaver, Senior Community Library Manager, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Contra Costa County Library (CCCL), CA, has retired. She began her career at CCCL in 1995.

Eva White, Director, Crawford County Library System (CCLS), Van Buren, AR, will retire at the end of July. She has held the position since CCLS’s inception 13 years ago.

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Celebrating her 40th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ’s Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews.

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