Currents

Appointments and Retirements

In August Robin Kurz joined Emporia (Kans.) State University as assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Management.

In August Melvin Hale became assistant professor and director of archives studies in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia (Kans.) State University.

Susan Strunk, director of Palatine (Ill.) Public Library District, retired after a 26-year library career in August.

Sheila Dooley retired September 5 as director of The Dalles-Wasco County (Oreg.) Library.

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At ALA

Alicia Navarro became meetings coordinator for Conference Services June 23.

Anna Lam became communications specialist for YALSA August 4.

Elaine Klimek retired as senior administrative assistant for the Finance and Accounting department August 15.

Kristin Lahurd joined the Office for Diversity/Office for Literacy and Outreach Services as literacy officer June 30.

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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

Lynn Helen Palmer, 64, reference librarian at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury for 29 years, died August 31. Palmer also worked for 23 years as head of the library at Danbury's Saint Joseph School.

Kay Vandergrift, 73, professor and dean emerita at the Rutgers University Library and Information Science Department in New Brunswick, New Jersey, died July 1. At Rutgers, she established the undergraduate program in Information Technology and Informatics. She received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Association for Library and Information Science Education, the Rutgers Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Educational Press Association Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism. She also created an influential website on children's literature. Prior to joining Rutgers, she had taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, Queens College (all in New York City), and other schools in the United States and Canada.

Cecile Louise Johnson Craig, 100, a librarian at several school, college, and public libraries in Texas until her 1983 retirement, died September 4.

Colleen Stringer, 67, interim director of Brandon Township (Mich.) Library, died July 30 of a heart attack. Stringer had been with the library for more than 13 years as adult services librarian before being named interim director last fall. She had previously worked as a librarian at Flint (Mich.) Public Library.

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