Currents

Appointments and Retirements

November 12 Miriam Zirker became youth librarian at Burley (Idaho) Public Library.
January 1 Stacy Wittmann became director of the Eisenhower Public Library District in Harwood Heights, Illinois.
December 23 Jonathan Waltmire became public information officer at Fresno County (Calif.) Public Library.
January 13 Dale Thompson retired as executive director of Providence (R.I.) Public Library after almost 34 years of service.

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At ALA

January 31 Sandra Lee, director of planning and budget in Accounting, retired.
January 7 Marisa Kossakowski became meeting manager of Conference Services.
January 17 Ann Kelly, associate editor for Booklist, left ALA.

July 18 Jim Kanis, manager of operations for ITTS, left ALA.

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Cited

Cristina D. Ramirez, library/community services manager at the Broad Rock branch of the Richmond (Va.) Public Library, was named one of 2013 Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40 by Style Weekly.

June 28 Corinne Hill, director of the Chattanooga Public Library, was honored at the 2013 Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum. Hill received the Joey Rodger Leadership Award, which provides $5,000 for a director or senior manager to strengthen skills through a structured professional development program.

June 28 Susan Adkins, longtime board member of the Seattle Public Library Foundation, was honored at the 2013 Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum. Adkins received the Urban Player Award in recognition of her civic leadership on behalf of the library as well as her commitment to expanding learning services, particularly for children.

May 1 Carol D. Fiore received the Florida Library Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 30 years of service, including significant contributions to library services for youth in Florida and across the United States.

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Obituaries

December 12 Grace S. Rand, 94, former librarian at Hernwood Elementary School in Randallstown, Maryland, died.
November 28 Iona Rabjohns, 90, former chief of language and literature at Detroit Public Library, died.
December 2 Frances (Fran) H. Pletz, 93, former executive director of the Michigan Library Association (MLA), died. In 1978, MLA established the Frances H. Pletz Award in honor of her exemplary library service to teens in the state.
January 26 Edith B. Nettleton, 105, former director of the Guilford (Conn.) Free Library, died. She retired in 1978 after 44 years as the library’s first director, but continued to volunteer for another 36 years until December 2013, developing historical and digital archives for the library’s Historical Room collection. The room was named the Edith B. Nettleton Historical Room in her honor 10 years ago.

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