February 16, 2018

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

Miami–Dade County, FL, mayor Carlos A. Gimenez appointed Ray Baker as Director, Miami-Dade Public Library System on July 6. Baker became Interim Director in January to succeed outgoing director Gia Arbogast, who retired in February.

As of July 1, the Digital Public Library of America welcomed two new board members: Chicago Public Library Commissioner and CEO (and 2009 LJ Mover & Shaker) Brian Bannon and Chris Bourg, Director of MIT Libraries.

On July 7, Backstage Library Works (BLW) announced the promotion of Casey Cheney to Vice President of Automation Services. Cheney has worked with Backstage for 14 years in many roles, including Assistant Project Manager. BLW announced on June 22 that Nate Cothran was promoted to President. A 20-year company veteran, Cothran has managed IT/technical, authority control, and automation services.

Jennifer Giltrop, Deputy Director for Public Services, Jacksonville Public Library, FL, stepped into the role of Interim Director effective July 1, following the retirement of Director Barbara A.B. Gubbin.

On June 14, EBSCO Information Services announced the hiring of John McDonald, most recently Associate Dean for Collections at the University of Southern California Libraries, Los Angeles, as Director of Product Management.

The board of the Spokane County Library District (SCLD) selected Patrick Roewe as Executive Director, effective September 1. Roewe joined SCLD in 2007 and since 2009 has held various positions in senior management.

Ryan Wieber, who runs the library system in Van Buren County, MI, will take over as Director of the Kalamazoo Public Library, MI, on August 1. He will replace Ann Rohrbaugh, who is retiring.

This article was published in Library Journal's August 1, 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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