August 14, 2017

People

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

Louise Bernard has been appointed director the museum at the Barack Obama Presidential Center; Courtenay Reece is the new Director of the Millville Public Library, NJ; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the July 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Sally Gardner Reed on 15 Years of Uniting for Libraries

As executive director of United for Libraries (UFL), the American Library Association (ALA) division that supports library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations, Sally Gardner Reed has been the organization’s driving force since 2002. Reed will be retiring at the end of July, having seen the organization grow and change greatly over the past 15 years.

Q&A with John J King, Boston Public Library’s first Playwright-in-Residence

In June, the Boston Public Library announced its first Playwright-in-Residence, John J. King. While other BPL residencies are selected in-house, said Michael Colford, director of library services, “For the Playwright-in-Residence pilot we decided to work with a small theater company in Boston to do the vetting and selection for us.” Fresh Ink Theatre is the perfect partner,” said Colford, because in addition to its focus on original works, Fresh Ink provides public readings, workshops, and other public interaction throughout the production process.

Patrick Roewe, Spokane County Library District’s New Director

While many incoming library administrators find their jobs by way of a national search, Patrick Roewe, the new director at Spokane County Library District (SCLD), WA, did it the old-fashioned way—by working his way up through the ranks.

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

Dawn Hammatt has been appointed Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum; Christopher Sagaas is the new Director of the Utica Public Library, NY; Charla Wilson has been hired as Northwestern University’s first Archivist for the Black Experience; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the June 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Meet United for Libraries’ New Executive Director, President-Elect

United for Libraries (UFL), the division of the American Library Association that supports library trustees, Friends, and foundations, recently filled two major leadership positions. Skip Dye, VP of library marketing and digital sales at big five publisher Penguin Random House, was elected 2018–19 UFL president, and will serve as president-elect during 2017–18. Beth Nawalinski, who has served as UFL deputy executive director since 2015 and has led the division’s revenue-producing programs, internal and external communications, and membership retention and growth, will step in as executive director July 31 to succeed retiring ED Sally Reed.

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

Rebecca McCall is the new Clinical Librarian at the Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Joe Shelley will be the next VP for Libraries and Information Technology, University of Washington, Bothell; King County Library System, WA, appoints Stephen A. Smith as Interim Director; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the June 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Q&A with Kathi Kromer, ALA Washington Office Associate Executive Director

On June 5, Kathi Kromer stepped into the role of associate executive director of the American Library Association (ALA)’s Washington Office, succeeding Emily Sheketoff, who led the Washington Office for more than 17 years and retired on May 15.

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

Skip Dye of Penguin Random House is United for Libraries’ new president; National Coalition Against Censorship’s ED Joan Bertin retires; University of Washington–Tacoma Library director Lauren Pressley elected VP/President-elect, Association of College & Research Libraries; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the May 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Remembering Ray Lyons

It is with great sadness that I report the untimely passing on May 14, 2017, of Ray Lyons, my collaborator in the creation of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service and my coauthor for the annual November cover story on the nation’s Star Libraries.