Amanda Borden to become director of Hoover Public Library, AL; Elizabeth Scarpelli will serve as Director of the new University of Cincinnati Press; Seattle Public Library has hired Gage Andrew as Technology Officer and Helen Tapping as head of Marketing and Online Services; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the February 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
Nicolle Davies has not been resting on her laurels since she was recognized as Library Journal’s 2016 Librarian of the Year. At the time of the award’s announcement, in January, Davies served as executive director of Arapahoe Library District (ALD), Centennial, CO, since 2012. In July 2016, Davies left ALD to become the executive director of Charleston County Public Library (CCPL), SC.
California state librarian emeritus Kevin Starr was a larger-than-life character, who filled a room with his presence and distinctively booming voice. He was also a brilliant raconteur and highly respected expert on California history. When he died on January 14, librarians across the state not only mourned the loss of an important library spokesperson, many also paid tribute to a mentor who was both a scholar and a gentleman.
In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.
Jamar Rahming named Director of the Jackson County Library System, OR; Kornelia Tancheva to become the University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman University Librarian and Director of the University Library System; National Museum and Library Services board swears in six members; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the January 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill, appoints Dayna Durbin and Rebecca Smyrl; Terry Manuel named State Librarian and Commissioner of Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives; Michelle Perera is Director of Pasadena Public Library and Information Services Department, CA; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the December 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
At their Trustees/Friends luncheon on April 8, the Tennessee Library Association and Friends of Tennessee Libraries (FOTL) jointly honored longtime Friend Julie D. Webb with their Friend of the Year Award, which celebrates a group or individual that has made a significant contribution to a Friends organization and the advancement of libraries in the state.
Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz to succeed Joanne Eldridge as Director of the Lorain Public Library System (LPLS), OH; Reading Public Library, PA, appoints Bronwen Gamble Executive Director; Campbell University Libraries, Buies Creek, NC, promotes of Sarah Steele to Associate Dean of the Library; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library announced three appointments; Rachel Frick to be new Executive Director of the OCLC Research Library Partnership; Edward L. (Ted) Widmer appointed Director, John W. Kluge Center, the Library of Congress; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
On Halloween night, Friends and trustees of New York Public Library (NYPL) got a treat that didn’t require a costume: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and NYPL President Tony Marx sat down together for a lively hour-long discussion of research, preservation, digitization, Hayden’s plans for the Library of Congress (LC), and the influence of Hamilton.