February 17, 2018

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

George Andreou, most recently VP and Senior Editor at the Alfred A. Knopf division of Penguin Random House, is now Director, Harvard University Press (HUP). He succeeds William P. Sisler , who served as HUP President from 1990 until his retirement in May.

The Wauwatosa Public Library, WI, has announced that Pete Loeffel will be the new Director, replacing Mary Murphy, who is retiring after 24 years in that position. Loeffel was previously Director of the Muskego Public Library, WI.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign named Lynne M. Thomas, Head of Distinctive Collections since 2014, as Head of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, effective September 1.

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has selected Elaine L. Westbrooks, Associate University Librarian for Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries, effective August 15. She succeeds Sarah ­Michalak, who retired in December 2016.

Michelle L. Young, Director of Libraries & Associate Professor at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, is the President-elect of the New York Library Association for 2017–18, assuming the presidency in the 2018–19 term.


Michael R. Lavin, former Library Specialist at the University of Buffalo and advocate for the academic inclusion of comic books, died on June 24 at age 62.

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

Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  4. Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media, per our Terms of Use.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind