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.
November 15 Angela Hanshaw, program officer and web editor in the Public Programs Office, 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.
October 17 Durham County (N.C.) Library Director Tammy Baggett won the North Carolina Library Association’s Roundtable for Ethnic Minority Concerns Roadbuilders’ Award for Public Librarianship for 2013.
Las Vegas–Clark County (Nev.) Library District Executive Director Jeanne Goodrich was named 2013 Librarian of the Year at the 68th annual Nevada Library Association Conference.
Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III was named 2013 Public Administrator of the Year (for the nonprofit category) by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. 

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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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