April 24, 2017

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 10/05/12

Kim Dearth is the new Director, Wonewoc Public Library, WI, succeeding Chris Smolek, who has relocated. Dearth was Librarian, Olson Middle School, Mauston, WI.

Kathryn DeGraff, Head of Special Collections and Archives at DePaul University, Chicago, retired in August after 40 years of ­service.

Jamie Hollier, Project Coordinator, Public Computing Centers, Colorado State Library, Denver, will become Project Manager, Public Library Association, and establish a national online digital literacy resource.

Peg Mauer is the new Head Librarian, Goff-Nelson Memorial Library, Tupper Lake, NY, part of the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System. She previously was Information Services Librarian, St. Lawrence–Lewis School Library System, Canton, NY.

Shayna Muckerheide is the new Technical Services & Special Projects Manager, Belle­vue Public Library, OH. She was Program Specialist, Archives and Public Records, Arizona State Library, Phoenix.

Sally Romero has been appointed  Visiting Reference/Instruction Librarian, University of Redlands, CA. She previously worked at the County of Los Angeles Public Library.

Virginia Vocelli, Director, Avon Free Public Library, CT, is retiring in November after 24 years in the position.

Jessica Votipka is the new Director, Exeter Public Library, NE, succeeding the retiring Nina Bartu. She had been Assistant Library Director since 2009.

Brett Williams has joined the faculty of Odum Library, Valdosta State University (VSU), GA, as Instructor of Library Science and Circulation Librarian. He received his MLIS from VSU in July 2011.


Linda Westfall, Children’s Librarian, Danbury Public Library, CT, has died at the age of 65. Earlier in her career she was Director, Ida Cornell Memorial Branch, Woodbury Public Library, Central Valley, NY.

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