Currents

Appointments and Retirements

January 17 Polly Cipparrone became manager of San Diego County Library's Del Mar branch.

The University of Houston Libraries promoted Santi Thompson to head of digital repository services February 1.

Cameron B. Burton recently became supervisor of the Bland (Va.) branch of Smyth-Bland Regional Library.

February 1 Scott Piepenburg joined Odum Library at Valdosta (Ga.) State University as associate professor of library science and head of cataloging and metadata services.

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At ALA

In February Cynthia Vivian retired as head of Human Resources.

February 3 Marianne Braverman became marketing and programs manager for ASCLA and RUSA.

February 28 LITA Programs and Marketing Specialist Melissa Prentice left ALA to join Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

March 10 Charles P. (Charlie) Wapner became information policy analyst in the Washington Office's Office for Information Technology Policy.

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Cited

Loida Garcia-Febo, president of Information New Wave in Brooklyn, New York, represented the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions as a speaker at the United Nations Development Programme Meeting on Data Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda in New York January 29–31.

February 18 Elizabeth Atack, leader of the Bringing Books to Life program at Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library, was named Toyota Family Teacher of the Year by Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning.
Deborah Charbonneau, assistant professor at the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science in Detroit, received the Medical Library Association’s $10,000 Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship, which funds research aimed at expanding the research knowledge base by linking information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research.

Donald A. B. Lindberg, director of the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, has been named as recipient of the Coalition for Networked Information/Association of Research Libraries/Educause Paul Evan Peters award recognizing notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

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Obituaries

Ruth P. Ronning, 86, longtime librarian/media specialist at Prescott School in Lincoln, Nebraska, died February 10. She had taught in schools in South Dakota, Ohio, and California before moving to Nebraska.
Ruth N. Arsem, 94, an information specialist and reference librarian who worked for the federal government for 29 years until her 1973 retirement from what is now the US Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland, died January 24.
Sharon Key, 56, interim assistant director at the Marianna branch of Jackson County (Fla.) Public Library, died February 2. Key was instrumental in bringing a new cataloging system online, organized a new library newsletter and a genealogy club at the library, and was involved in planning the library’s Black History Month events.
Carolyn E. Johnson, 92, who worked at Fullerton (Calif.) Public Library for 45 years, died February 9. Johnson worked in the Children’s Library for 36 years, starting in 1945. She became library director in 1981 and served in that capacity until her 1990 retirement, when the Children’s Library was renamed in her honor.

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