March 16, 2018

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 11/09/12

Jeanette Couch, Librarian, Sutton Free Library, NH, for the past 50 years, has recently retired.

Gwen Evans has been appointed Executive Director, OhioLINK; she had been Interim Director of the consortium since August. Evans previously was Director of Special Projects, Ohio Technology Consortium.

Linda Fox, Children’s Librarian, Oskaloosa Public Library, IA, will retire this month after 30 years of service.

Steven Gillis is the new Director, Orange Beach Public Library, AL. He previously was Reference Services Librarian, Albert L. Scott Public Library, Alabaster, AL.

LaFerne Griggs, Reference Librarian, Andalusia Public Library, AL, has retired after 31 years of service.

Hans Norbotten, Librarian, Genesee District Library, Flint Township, MI, has retired after working at the Linden Library branch for 25 years.


Barbara Carpenter, former Reference Librarian, Shrewsbury Public Library, MA, has died at the age of 69. She retired in 1998.

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