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Yolanda C. Bonitch and Richard Tirotta, both New York Public Library librarians, have been named the first recipients of the Bertha Franklin Feder Award, a new annual award established by a gift to the Library in 1988 by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Feder in memory of Mr. Feder’s mother. The award, the first in the history of the NYPL to give tangible recognition for outstanding librarianship, is intended to recognize a librarian who has made exceptional contributions in such areas as public access to the Library’s collections; encouraging reading; and improving the care and presentation of the collections.

Bonitch, Borough Community Specialist for Manhattan, has been a pioneer in many ways in her 10 years with NYPL: she developed the Parent- Child Remedial Skills Center at the Fordham Library Center, introduced library services for the homeless living in shelters, and helped establish library services for patients with AIDS. Tirotta, bibliographic specialist for the Branch Libraries, has been with NYPL for 25 years. His accomplishments include establishing the Book Express program, heading the committee on Books to Remember, representing the NYPL at the Moscow Book Fair, and participating in the annual Training Seminar for Adult Librarians. The two winners were presented their awards, consisting of $1,000 each and a framed certificate, at a meeting of the NYPL Board of Trustees on January 12.

Marianna Tax Choldin, head of the University of Illinois Slavic and East European Library and director of the Russian and East European Center, has been appointed the first C. Walter and Cerda B. Mortenson Distinguished Professor for International Library Programs, a new endowed chair in international library programs at Illinois. The primary goal of the professorship will be to create international cooperative efforts among libraries; further international exchanges of library material; extend the library faculty’s involvement in international programs; and promote scholarly research and teaching. Choldin also plans to explore possibilities for library programs in areas of the world like Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Far East. Believed to be the only one of its kind, the new professorship was established with a gift of nearly $2 million from the Mortensons, Waukegan natives now living in Newark, Delaware. Mortenson was a 1937 graduate of the University of Illinois.

Jim Kennedy, reference librarian at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, appeared on the “Gong Show” in January 1989 as a tuba-playing contestant. Kennedy, an Earlham employee for almost 25 years, has been playing the tuba for 50 years. He auditioned for the TV show after seeing a newspaper ad seeking people with “weird, strange, or off-the-wall” acts. The result of his performance? Apparently the judges had the audience booing.

Patricia A. Wand, assistant university librarian for public services at the University of Oregon Library, Eugene, has been granted a Fulbright Award to Ecuador. The award is for a project called “Professional Development for Academic Libraries,” which will be carried out from May- August 1989.

Appointments

(Appointment notices are taken from library newsletters, letters from personnel offices and appointees, and other sources. To ensure that your appointment appears, write to the Editor, ACRL, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795.)

Roger Beckman has been appointed reference librarian in the Indiana University Chemistry Library, Bloomington.

Eugene Beshenkovsky has been appointed Slavic/Eastern Europe bibliographer at Columbia University Libraries, New York.

Mary Brennan has been promoted to deputy assistant director for collection development at the University of Texas, Austin.

Eileen Brown has been appointed special services librarian at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Betty Bryce has been appointed reference librarian at the University of Alabama Libraries, Tuscaloosa.

Barbara Cangiano has been appointed library systems analyst at Columbia University Libraries, New York.

Sharron Carlson has been appointed library coordinator for the Pew Grant at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Mary M. Carr has been named director of library services at North Idaho College Library, Coeur d’Alene.

Karen Chapman has been named business reference librarian at the University of Alabama Libraries, Tuscaloosa.

Johanna Cooper has been named librarian in the Davis Centre Reference and Collections Development Department at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Jane Curtis has been promoted to head of reference in the Health Sciences Library at Columbia University, New York.

Judith Dye has been appointed head of the School of Library and Information Science library at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Lorene Flanders has been appointed bibliographic instruction/reference librarian at Georgia College, Milledgeville.

Judith Yem Siu Fong has been appointed head of the Colorado Technical Reference Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Heather Fraser has been appointed cataloger in bibliographic services at York University, Ontario.

Katherine Gratke has been appointed grants librarian at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Elizareth Hewins has been appointed instructional services coordinator at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

Janet Swan Hili, has been appointed assistant instructor for technical services at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Marilyn Irwin has been appointed director of the Office of Information Dissemination in the Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Bary L. Johnson has been named monographic cataloger at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Addis Kambule has been appointed reference librarian at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Bill Kara has been named acquisitions librarian at Cornell University’s Mann Library, Ithaca, New York.

Karen Kaye has been named department chair of the Library/Audio-Visual Departments at San Diego Mesa College Library, California.

Cynthia A. Kehoe has been appointed Balcones librarian in the Engineering Library at the University of Texas, Austin.

Bharpur Khangura has been appointed reference librarian in the Engineering Library at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.

Edith Landau has been named head of the Nonbook Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

John R. M. Lawrence has been appointed interlibrary loan/reference librarian at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Clementine Lewis has joined the staff of the LaGuardia Community College Library, New York.

Karen Liston has been named coordinator of the Illinois Research and Reference Center at the University of Illinois Library, Urbana-Champaign.

Donald M. Luisi has been appointed public services librarian at the Pittsburgh Center, Robert Morris College, Pennsylvania.

Michael Maben has been appointed assistant librarian in the Law Library at Indiana University- Bloomington.

Carol A. McAllister has been appointed bibliographer/information services librarian at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Deborah J. McCalpin has been appointed bibliographic database librarian at the Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Laurie McClellan has been appointed assistant librarian at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Michael McDermott has been named evening reference librarian at the University of Southern Maine, Portland.

Sally McGill has been named assistant curator of rare books and manuscripts at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Brenda Marston has been appointed archivist for human sexuality at the Cornell University Libraries Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Ithaca, New York.

Marianne Mason has been appointed cataloger in the Law Library at Indiana University- Bloomington.

Ray E. Metz has been appointed assistant director for systems at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Larry Miller has been named Slavic acquisitions librarian at the University of Illinois Library, Urbana-Champaign.

Marilyn Miller has been appointed reference librarian at the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas.

Hilary Moser has been appointed librarian at the Schiller International University campus at Strasbourg, France.

Angela Murphy-Walters has been named assistant head of the Catalog Department at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Brian Nielsen has been appointed assistant university librarian for branch libraries and information services technology at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Carol Nurse has been named computer services librarian with the New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency’s Hospital Library Services Program, Brooklyn.

Michael Ochs has been named the first Richard E. French librarian at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Toni Olshen has been appointed associate director of university libraries at York University, Ontario.

Charles R. Peguese has been appointed assistant dean for instructional resources at the Harrisburg Area Community College.

Wayne Perryman has been promoted to deputy assistant for technical services operations at the University of Texas, Austin.

Nancy Poehlmann has been appointed cataloger at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Donald L. Ray has been named assistant head of public services at Mercy College Libraries, Westchester County, New York.

Lindsey Rerer has been appointed research bibliographer for the Southeast Asia Collection at Ohio University Libraries, Athens.

Mary Lynn Rice-Lively has been appointed library and information science librarian at the University of Texas, Austin.

John V. Richardson Jr. has been appointed associate dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Los Angeles.

Rick Richmond has been appointed automated systems librarian at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

Thomas C. Rick has been appointed assistant archivist at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, Illinois.

Ron Rodrigues has been named assistant engineering librarian at Stanford University, California.

Diann Rusch-Feja has been named Germanic bibliographer at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Rose M. Saenz has been appointed systems librarian at the Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Margo Sasse is the new head of the Catalog Department at Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins.

John Schmitt has been appointed head of the Social Sciences and Humanities Department at Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins.

R. Neil Scott has been appointed coordinator of information services at Georgia College, Milledgeville.

Judith Segal has joined the staff of the Hunter College Library, New York.

Charlene Shults has been named reference librarian at the University of Alabama Libraries, Tuscaloosa.

Bob Stewart has been promoted to head librarian in the Bibliographic Systems Office at the University of Texas Libraries, Austin.

Ed Stockey has been named library automation officer at the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington.

Allison Supancic has been appointed reference librarian at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Cheryl Taranto has been appointed nonbook cataloger at the University of Alabama Libraries, Tuscaloosa.

Christopher P. Thornton has been appointed serials cataloger at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Stephen H. Toombs has been appointed music librarian at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Elizabeth Tsai has been appointed cataloger at the LaGuardia Community College Library, New York.

Donald J. Welsh has been appointed coordinator of reference services at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Jenifer West has been named catalog librarian at Georgia College, Milledgeville.

Mary Westermann has been appointed assistant professor at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, C. W. Post Campus, Long Island University, New York.

Christine R. Wondolowski has been named collection development librarian at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.

Retirements

Richard L. Anders, rare book cataloger at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, since 1968, retired at the end of January. In his years at A AS, Anders established himself as the authority on the compilation and publication of American almanacs. Of the 15,000 almanacs in the A AS collection, Anders cataloged all those dated from 1646 through 1820, as well as about two-thirds of those issued during the next decade. In his retirement he will continue to serve AAS by working as a regular volunteer.

Larry Earl Bone, director of libraries at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York, for 12 years, retired on January 31. He will remain on the faculty as professor of library service. Bone came to Mercy College from Rhodes College in Memphis, where he served as director of the Burrow Library. Prior to that he was an assistant director of the Memphis and Shelby County Public Library, and assistant director of the Graduate School of Library Science at the University of Illinois. He also has served with the American Library in Paris and with the Library of Congress.

A graduate of Rhodes College, where he received his bachelor’s degree, Bone holds a master’s degree from Long Island University and an MLS from Case Western Reserve University. He is a past president of the ALA Reference and Adult Services Division, and a member of accreditation teams for the Middle States and the American Library Association.

Helen S. Butz, rare book librarian at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, retired at the end of January after 25 years of service. Butz began her career as library assistant in the Dartmouth College Art Library and went on in 1948 to become a member of the cataloging staff at the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. In 1961 she moved to Michigan and worked in different cataloging capacities at UM until 1968 when she was appointed coordinator of technical services at Syracuse University. Two years later she returned to Michigan. Active in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Butz served on a number of committees including the RBMS Standards Committee, of which she was co-founder and first chair.

Ronald B. De Waal, social sciences and humanities librarian at Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins, since 1966, retired June 30, 1988.

Jana Kovtun, Slavic cataloger at the University of California at Berkeley, retired at the end of December after 27 years of service. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Kovtun studied medicine there before moving to New York in 1951. In 1957 she moved to Berkeley, where she worked in the Catalog Department as a Slavic cataloger. In the fall of 1967 she moved to Seattle, then returned to Berkeley in 1972 as circulation supervisor at the Biology Library. After 1974 she worked in the Acquisition Department with a split assignment in the Catalog Department, then joined the Catalog Department full-time in 1978.

Eva Kronik, bibliographer in the Olin Collection Development Department at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, retired at the end of January. Kronik began her career at Olin in 1971 as a serials cataloger, then became the Department’s European Studies bibliographer in 1977, building the collections in both Germanic and Romance literature and history. In 1984 she reduced her hours to half-time, retaining responsibility for South European literature and history.

William F. Lindgren, head of the Catalog Department at Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins, retired June 30,1988, after 28 years of service in that position.

Antoinette Lueck, physical sciences librarian at Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins, retired December 31,1988, after 20 years of service.

Iva Mostecky, cataloging librarian at the University of California at Berkeley, retired at the end of 1988 after 17 years of service. A native ofPrague, Czechoslovakia, Mostecky moved to New York and received her library degree from Columbia University in 1950. She began her career at the Folger- Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., as a cataloger, then worked at the National Library of Medicine as senior cataloger and book selector; Harvard University’s Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, where she was involved in the Columbia-Harvard-Yale catalog-on-computer project; and SUNY-Buffalo, as coordinator of cataloging in scientific libraries and head of acquisitions. She went to Berkeley in 1971 as head of the Documents and Serials Departments, then became head of the Serials Department. She joined the Catalog Department in 1976.

Deaths

Claire De Mandy, chief librarian of the Cataloging Division at Lehman College, Bronx, New York, since 1985, died on March 30, 1988.

Marnesba Hill, former chief librarian of Lehman College, Bronx, New York, died April 8, 1988. Hill had served at Lehman in many capacities for 25 years before retiring in 1983.

Jack Byron Spear, former head of the Traveling Library and the Library for the Blind at New York State Library, died November 24, 1988. Spear was named Illinois’ Youngest Librarian in 1938 and 1939 while working at the Carbondale Public Library and attending Southern Illinois University. He served in World War II in the Transportation Corps and was Library Officer at Eisenhower’s headquarters in Paris, where he set up bookmobiles to serve soldiers in Europe. He was also a past director of the American Heritage Project, which works to stimulate discussion of American heritage and its contemporary applications. ■■

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