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Bridget Burke has been appointed associate dean for special collections at the University of Oklahoma (OU) Libraries starting next month. Burke will be responsible for the leadership and strategic vision for OU Libraries’ seven distinct special collections. Burke recently visited OU Libraries’ Western History Collections as a member of a team of western American history materials experts to assess and recommend best practices for preservation, acquisition of new materials and enhancement of both the collections’ web presence and its centrality to the scholarly fields of western and Native American history and culture. Currently, Burke is the director of the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. She formerly served as the dean of libraries at North Dakota State University, as well as having held positions at the Boston College University Libraries, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Bridget Burke

Bridget Burke

Maggie Gilburg has been named director of development the University of Texas-Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. Gilburg will provide strategic direction for the Ransom Center’s development activities, identifying and securing resources to sustain growth and advance its mission. She will provide leadership for the center’s active fundraising program, including managing membership and annual giving, major gifts, and grants and donor relations. Her work will focus on building resources to strengthen and ensure the long-term care of the center’s diverse collections, advance scholarly research and broaden access through exhibitions, research fellowships, and public programs. Gilburg comes to the Ransom Center from the university’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she helped secure major gifts for the new LBJ Washington Center and developed plans to grow the school’s fundraising program. Previously, she led development efforts at the online media entity The Texas Tribune, helping to raise nearly $23 million in its first five years of operation and building a strong foundation for sustainability.

Alex R. Hodges has been appointed the librarian and director of Monroe C. Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jessica Benner has been appointed librarian at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries with liaison responsibilities for Computer Science, Robotics, and GIS.

Kimberley Bugg has been named chief of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at the Library of Congress.

Julie (Xiaoju) Chen has been hired as library liaison to the Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Engineering and Public Policy departments at the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries.

Adriana Flores has been appointed archivist and special collections librarian at the University of Puget Sound’s Collins Library.

Melanie Gainey has been appointed liaison librarian to the Biological Sciences department at the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries.

Anna Goslen is now metadata librarian at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Anna Harper has been appointed Fine and Performing Arts Librarian at the California State University-Sacramento University Library.

Tiffany Henry has been named discovery cataloger in technical services at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Rebekah Kati has been appointed institutional repository librarian at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Josephine McRobbie has been appointed community archivist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Maggie Murphy is now first-year instruction and humanities librarian in research, outreach, and instruction at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Suzanne Sawyer as the new library technician in preservation services at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Jennifer Hodl Solomon has joined the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as the open access librarian.

Huajin Wang has been named librarian liaison to the Computational Biology and Machine Learning departments at the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. She will also be responsible for Bioinformatics.

Sarah Young is now the library liaison to the Social and Decision Sciences and Statistics and Data Science departments, as well as to the Heinz College School of Public Policy and Management, at the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries.


Allen Lanham, dean of library services at Eastern Illinois University, has retired after nearly 26 years of service. During his tenure at Eastern, Lanham encouraged a wide range of library programming in the arts and humanities and has been the principal investigator for Art and Architecture in Illinois Libraries since 2006. He has consulted for libraries in Central and South America and Africa. He led the extensive renovation and expansion of Booth Library from 1999 through 2002, resulting in a building that celebrates its historic architecture while providing the space and technological capability to meet future library needs. Lanham was named an Illinois Library Association Luminary in 2016 and Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year in 2008. His work in library innovation and programming led to Booth Library being named a finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and winner of the DEMCO Library Innovation Award, both in 2014. He has been active in many regional, state, and national library organizations and has held many leadership positions, including serving as Illinois Library Association president (2004–05). He is currently an ALA councilor. Prior to his work at Booth Library, Lanham taught in the Music Department at The Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German, beginning in 1976. He served as director of the department from 1979 to 1987.

Allen Lanham

Allen Lanham

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