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.

Janine Golden became associate professor in the Master of Management in Library and Information Science Program at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles August 15.

Pelham (Mass.) Library appointed Irja Finn as director, effective in October.



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

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.



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.

Hartford (Conn.) Public Library received the "Hi-5" High Impact Literacy Award and a $25,000 grant from NewAlliance Foundation April 24.



Judith Hopkins, 80, cataloger at the State University of New York at Buffalo for 27 years until her 2004 retirement, died August 8 of lymphoma. Hopkins was the list owner for the AUTOCAT cataloging and authorities discussion group, and received the 2006 Margaret Mann Citation in recognition of outstanding achievement in cataloging and classification. In 1985, she was the first technical services librarian to win the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Hopkins authored a number of books and articles on cataloging. She was also the first librarian hired to work at OCLC in the early 1970s, and later taught at the University of Michigan School of Library and Information Studies.

Julie Brincat, 70, librarian at Arbuckle (Calif.) Elementary School until her 2009 retirement, died August 3.

Charles T. Payne, 89, assistant director for systems at the University of Chicago Library until his 1995 retirement, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma August 1. Payne joined the library in 1964. He led the creation and implementation of the Library Data Management System, one of the first automated library systems, in 1974. He also was part of committees setting national cataloging standards, including chairing ALA's Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information standards committee and the Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Character Set Task Force. He was one of eight librarians asked to contribute to the MARC XX Oral History Project in 1990.

Nadia Sophie Seiler, 36, rare materials cataloger at Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., was killed in a traffic crash August 15. She was recognized for her skill at deciphering writing from Shakespeare's time.