Currents

Appointments and Retirements

City of San Diego Library Director Deborah Barrow retired July 11.

George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, named Virginia Dodier as associate librarian of the Richard and Ronay Menschel Library June 2.

Abington (Mass.) Public Library appointed Amy Hindle as children's librarian in June.

Doug Bryant, librarian at Chavies Elementary School and Robinson Elementary School in Perry County, Kentucky, recently retired.

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At ALA

June 5 Linda Bostrom retired as PLA professional development manager.

Alicia Bastl, former program coordinator for the Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, became human resources assistant in the Human Resources Department June 2.

Amy Sargent Lundy was promoted to PLA professional development manager June 5.

Marisa Kossakowski, meeting manager for Conference Services, left ALA June 11.

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Cited

Frederick J. Stielow, vice president and dean emeritus of libraries, electronic course materials, and ePress for the American Public University System, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Andrea Francisco, librarian at Forest Avenue Elementary School in West Babylon, New York, received the Western Suffolk BOCES School Library System's School Library Media Specialist of the Year Award in May.

June 21 Lorcan Dempsey, vice president and chief strategiest of OCLC Research in Dublin, Ohio, received an honorary doctorate from the Open University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The LibraryBox Project, an open source digital file distribution tool to improve access to digital information in areas with poor internet connectivity created by Jason Griffey, has been awarded a Knight Foundation Prototype Fund grant.

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Obituaries

Zoia Horn, 96, died July 12. Horn is considered the first librarian jailed for refusing to divulge information on intellectual freedom grounds when, as head of the reference department at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, she refused to testify in the trial of the "Harrisburg Seven" in 1971. This led to Horn being jailed for 20 days. She remained active in intellectual freedom issues, including chairing intellectual freedom committees of the American Library Association, New Jersey Library Association, and California Library Association, which named its annual intellectual freedom award in her honor.

Joann Muscardin, 56, children's librarian at Port Jefferson (N.Y.) Free Library for 14 years, died May 23 after a brief illness.

Chang-Chien Lee, retired archives librarian at the University of Central Florida Libraries in Orlando, died May 31. Lee was author of more than 50 papers on education, Chinese language and culture, library science, and archives, and served as executive editor of the Journal of Educational Media and Library Sciences. He was president of the Chinese American Librarians Association in 1988-89 and received the Asian American Heritage Council's Leadership in Diversity Award. After his 2003 retirement, he served as advisor for the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission of the Republic of China.

Margaret Mary Kimmel, 76, 1982–1983 ALSC president, died June 10 of leukemia. Kimmel was professor emeritus of library and information science at the University of Pittsburgh, and had previously taught at Catholic University in Washington D.C., the College of Librarianship in Wales, and Simmons College in Boston. Kimmel also lectured throughout the United States, wrote and edited children's books, worked as an advisor for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and chaired the Best Books for Babies committee for 13 years. She received the ALSC Distinguished Service Award in 2001. Since retiring from the University of Pittsburgh, Kimmel helped to create the Center for Women with Disabilities at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, and served on the board of the FISA Foundation.

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