Banush named Dean of Libraries at Tulane; Blanton appointed Director, Louisville Free Public Library; Rosenblum appointed Chief Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, and other new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the August 2015 issue of Library Journal.
In our latest 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Patrick Sullivan. Now retired from his position as instruction coordinator and business reference librarian at San Diego State University, Sullivan is one of the three cochairs, along with Lucía Gonzalez and Oralia Garza de Cortes, of the REFORMA Children In Crisis Project (CCP). REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latino and the Spanish Speaking) formed CCP in 2014 to help unaccompanied minors traveling from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, across the Texas and California border into the United States. CCP provides these children with backpacks containing age-appropriate Spanish-language books, a journal, and writing supplies that they can use in the shelters and group homes where they are detained, and afterward as they travel to their final destinations. According to CCP’s website, its mission is “to get books into the hands of these children, ensure that they have access to storytime materials, and to make all the recent arrivals aware of the wealth of library resources that are available to them here in the United States.”
Over the years, the American Library Association (ALA) has hosted a number of divisions that support citizen-run library organizations. Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) joined forces with the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) in 2009 to form the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), which is now known as United for Libraries (UFL). Susan Schmidt, immediate past president of Friends of the Little Falls Library and media assistant, Wood Acres Elementary School (both in Bethesda, MD), was elected 2015–16 UFL vice president/president elect in May 2015.
Rick Osen is the newest member of the five-person board of trustees at Bellingham Public Library (BPL), WA, but he is no stranger to the library world. Osen served as interim dean of libraries and assistant dean for library administration and planning at Western Washington University for 35 years, retiring in 2014. In February he joined chairman J. Robert Gordon, Rachel Myers, Marilyn Mastor, and Tom Barrett to serve a five-year term on the BPL board, and LJ caught up with him to find out more about his transition from academic librarian to public library trustee.
In our most recent 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Hosea Tokwe. In 2007 Tokwe, at the time a senior library assistant at Midlands State University (MSU) in Kweru, Zimbabwe, was given two boxes of books bound for the Matenda Primary School in rural Zimbabwe, donated by former students. The difficulties he encountered in simply getting the books to Matenda inspired him to singlehandedly establish a library at the school—no small task, as Zimbabwe was in the midst of ongoing political and social unrest and his first forays into the rural community were met with mistrust. But Tokwe prevailed, convincing the school to convert a classroom into its first library in 2008, and—in addition to serving as chief library assistant in MSU’s special collections department—he has continued to work with outside groups to continue to fill its shelves ever since.
Leslie Burger announced her retirement as Executive Director, Princeton Public Library; Farzaneh Razzaghi was named Dean of Library Services at Western Carolina University; John Faherty was named Executive Director, Mercantile Library, Cincinnati, and more new hire, promotion, retirement, and obituary People news from the July 2015 issue of Library Journal.
Ann Thornton was appointed as the new university librarian and vice provost of Columbia University in May, replacing university librarian emeritus James Neal upon his retirement. Thornton has a long history with prominent New York City libraries, having previously served for nearly two decades at the New York Public Library (NYPL). Since starting out at NYPL’s Science, Industry, and Business Library as its first public training coordinator in 1996, Thornton has occupied a number of senior leadership positions. Most recently she served as Andrew W. Mellon director, where she was responsible for collection development, preservation, reference and research services, and exhibitions for the system’s four research libraries and 87 branch libraries. Before coming to New York, she worked at the University of Houston Libraries as a systems librarian.
The 2015 cohort of LJ’s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy!
Robert Miller appointed CEO of LYRASIS, Michael Cox named Deputy Director of the Whatcom County Library System, Mary Margaret Farrell is Dean of Libraries at Clemson University, and more new appointments, hires, and promotions and other people news from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.
The American Library Association (ALA) 2016–17 presidential campaign concluded on May 8, with Julie Todaro winning the role of president-elect. She prevailed over the rest of this year’s unusually large field—Joseph Janes, James LaRue, and JP Porcaro—by a narrow margin, edging out Janes, the runner-up, by only 22 votes. A total of 10,119 votes were cast for the position of president between March 24 and May 1.