Currents

Appointments and Retirements

June 30 Farideh Tehrani retired after 22 years as preservation librarian at Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

David L. Easterbrook retired June 30 after 23 years as curator at the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Glee Willis retired as digital projects coordinator for the University of Nevada, Reno, June 30.

The University of Idaho Library in Moscow promoted Ben Hunter to associate dean and head of technical services in July.

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At ALA

June 5 Linda Bostrom retired as PLA professional development manager.

Alicia Bastl, former program coordinator for the Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, became human resources assistant in the Human Resources Department June 2.

Amy Sargent Lundy was promoted to PLA professional development manager June 5.

Marisa Kossakowski, meeting manager for Conference Services, left ALA June 11.

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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.

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

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Obituaries

Chang-Chien Lee, retired archives librarian at the University of Central Florida Libraries in Orlando, died May 31. Lee was author of more than 50 papers on education, Chinese language and culture, library science, and archives, and served as executive editor of the Journal of Educational Media and Library Sciences. He was president of the Chinese American Librarians Association in 1988-89 and received the Asian American Heritage Council's Leadership in Diversity Award. After his 2003 retirement, he served as advisor for the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission of the Republic of China.

Margaret Mary Kimmel, 76, 1982–1983 ALSC president, died June 10 of leukemia. Kimmel was professor emeritus of library and information science at the University of Pittsburgh, and had previously taught at Catholic University in Washington D.C., the College of Librarianship in Wales, and Simmons College in Boston. Kimmel also lectured throughout the United States, wrote and edited children's books, worked as an advisor for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and chaired the Best Books for Babies committee for 13 years. She received the ALSC Distinguished Service Award in 2001. Since retiring from the University of Pittsburgh, Kimmel helped to create the Center for Women with Disabilities at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, and served on the board of the FISA Foundation.

Thomas W. Schear, director of Passaic (N.J.) Public Library from 1961-1987, died June 14. Schear had been a member of the New Jersey Library Association since 1957, serving as treasurer from 1966 to 1972 and president in 1973 to 1974.

Charlene Davis, 61, director of field services and state library service divisions at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, died June 4. Having worked at KDLA since 1976, Davis was an early champion for technology at public libraries and worked with the state government to provide broadband access at every public library in the state. She was also a founder of the Kentucky Virtual Library, project director for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant that expanded public computing centers in 46 public libraries in Kentucky, and involved in the first Gates Foundation grants that helped 116 Kentucky library systems upgrade computers.

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