James A. Damico has been appointed director of Cook Memorial Library, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. He was associate university librarian at Rice University from 1977 to 1981.

Earlier positions Damico has held include science librarian (1972-1975) and head of reference/information services (1975-1977) at Brown University, and library systems specialist at the University of Dayton.

Damico has been active in the Special Libraries Association and served as chair of the Government Information Services Committee of that association. As a consultant he has worked for the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil.

James A. Damico

He received a bachelors in business administration from C.W. Post College of Long Island University and an MLS from Rutgers University.

Angela Giral, chief librarian of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, has been chosen to head Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, effective September 1. Giral has held her present post since 1975. Prior to that she was librarian in Princeton’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Giral was born in Spain and received her advanced education in Mexico and the United States. She majored in architecture at the Academia Hispano-Mexicana in Mexico City and in Spanish literature at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. She received her MLS from the University of Michigan in 1958 and spent the following year there as a University Fellow.

Angela Giral

She was senior cataloger at Princeton University from 1962 to 1967, with a year’s interruption in 1964 to acquire materials in Brazil for the Princeton collection. From 1967 until her move to Harvard, she was librarian of the Urban and Environmental Studies Library of Princeton’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Giral was chair of the Urban Affairs Section of the Special Libraries Association in 1972-1973 and earlier served as president of the Princeton-Trenton Chapter of that association. She has been president of the Council of Planning Librarians, and a director of the International Institute in Spain since 1978.

Phyllis L. Cutler, assistant university librarian and science librarian at Brandeis University, has been appointed college librarian at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, effective July 1. Cutler will replace Lawrence E. Wikander, at Williams since 1968, who is retiring.

Cutler did her undergraduate work at Harvard and earned an MLS from the School of Librarianship and Information Science at Simmons College in 1966. Starting as Brandeis science librarian in 1971, she assumed the additional duties of assistant university librarian in 1974. Prior to her arrival at Brandeis, Cutler was supervisor of adult services at the Newton Free Library from 1968- 1971, and a librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood, Massachusetts, from 1966-1968.

Cutler has been active in regional and national professional organizations, planning conferences and programs, and lecturing on current library issues.

Frank P. Grisham has been named executive director of the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET), Atlanta, effective July 1. Grisham comes to Atlanta from his position as director of the Vanderbilt University Library, a post he has held since 1968.

Grisham is a national leader in the library profession, having served on the board of directors of the Association of Research Libraries; the OCLC Users Council; the White House Conference on Library and Information Services; and as president of the Tennessee Library Association (1975-1976). He has been a member of the SOL- INET board of directors since 1977 and served as its chairman in 1978-1979.

Frank Grisham

Grisham served as divisional librarian (1956- 1964), assistant director of joint university libraries (1965-1967), and associate director (1967- 1968) of Vanderbilt University Libraries.

He holds a masters of divinity from Vanderbilt and an MLS from George Peabody College (1958).

Merrily E. Taylor, director of the Library Services Group at Columbia University, has been named university librarian at Brown University,

Providence, effective July 1. Taylor has directed the group since 1978, with responsibility for coordinating the public service activities of three major divisions of the university libraries. She worked in the University of South Florida library for nine years, rising from reference librarian to head of the Collection Development Department, and spent a year as special assistant to the Office of the University Librarian at Yale.

Taylor holds a masters in English literature from the University of South Florida (1973) and an MLS from Florida State University (1968). In 1976-1977 she was a Council on Library Resources management intern at Yale.

Merrily Taylor

She is the author of two monographs published in 1978: The Yale University Library 1701-1978: Its History, Collections and Present Organization, and Remembering Pyotr Demianovich Ouspensky, published by the Yale University Library.


Marie Joseph Morahan, director of library and communication services at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, New York, was elected vicechairman/chairman-elect of the College, University, and Seminary Section of the Catholic Library Association at their annual meeting in April.


J. Douglas Archer is now monograph acquisitions librarian for the University of Notre Dame Memorial Library.

Sharon Blackburn has been appointed coordinator of computerized legal research at Texas Tech University Law Library, Lubbock.

Arneice Bowen has joined the professional staff of the D.H. Hill Library, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, as cataloger in the Monographic Cataloging Department.

Shirley Branden has been appointed head of information services at the J. Hillis Miller Health Center Library, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Albert Camp is a new cataloger at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

John Camp has been appointed fine arts librarian at Bradley Library, Columbus, Georgia.

LaVerne Coan is a new reference librarian at the University of Kansas Library, Lawrence.

Sheila D. Creth is the new head of personnel services at the University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, effective August 2.

Bonnie Jo Cullison has been appointed head of the Conservation Laboratory at the Newberry Library, Chicago.

Wes Daniels has accepted the position of associate librarian at the Yale Law School Library.

Edward M. Davis has been appointed Slavic cataloger at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Susan E. Davis has been named curator of manuscripts at the New York Public Library.

Charles Early has been appointed head of reference at the Engineering Library, Stanford University, California.

Douglas Ferguson has accepted a position as head of the Library Systems Office, Stanford University, effective September 1.

James A. Findlay has been named head librarian for the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.

Beverly Ford is now a reference librarian at the Northwestern University Medical School Library, Chicago.

Ralph W. Franklin has been appointed librarian of Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Peter Freeman has been named chief librarian at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, effective September 1.

Ellen Garrison is now assistant archivist in the Georgia State University Library, Atlanta.

Evelyn Greenberg has been named assistant to the university librarian for public services at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Peggy Mueller Grossman is the new library school librarian at the University of Texas, Austin.

Julia Chance Gustafson is a new reference librarian at the College of Wooster, Ohio.

Linda K. Hamilton has been appointed manager of special projects for Research Publications, Inc., Woodbridge, Connecticut.

William Hollis has been appointed reference librarian at the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.

Louis E. Jordanis the new preservation officer and librarian of the Medieval Institute Library, University of Notre Dame.

Debra S. Ketchell has been appointed medical reference and extension services librarian at the Savitt Medical Library, University of Nevada, Reno.

Marcia King-Blandford is now assistant serials cataloger for the University of Notre Dame Memorial Library.

Joseph Lauer is now African studies bibliographer at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Thomas W. Leonhardt is the new assistant university librarian for technical services at the University of Oregon Library, Eugene.

Kirsten D. Lietz has been appointed assistant librarian in the Public Health Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Bernard McTigue has been named curator of the Arents Collections at the New York Public Library.

Mary Caroline Magenau has been appointed head of the Serials Department at the University of Connecticut Library, Storrs.

Grace H. Malson has been appointed assistant librarian in the Business Administration Library, University of Washington, Seattle.

Francis O. Mattson has been appointed curator of rare books at the New York Public Library.

Molly O’Hara has been appointed assistant public services librarian at Crosby Library, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

Jan Kennedy Olsen has been appointed librarian at the Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University.

G. Margaret Owsley is now a reference librarian for the University of Notre Dame Memorial Library.

Linda L. Parker has accepted the position of head of the Reference Department at the Graduate Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, effective August 2.

Glenda J. Pearson has been appointed microforms reference librarian at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Bobbie Phelps is now librarian at Pepperdine University’s educational center in Irvine, California.

Teresa Portillo has been appointed reference/instruction librarian at the College Library, University of California at Los Angeles.

Tom H. Ray has been appointed catalog librarian at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Robert S. Renfro is now catalog librarian at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

Corrado Antony Santoro is the new reference archivist at the University of Manitoba Libraries, Winnipeg.

John Richard Sayre is now Zollars librarian and associate director of libraries at Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma.

William Z. Sciienck has been named collection development librarian at the University of Oregon Library, Eugene.

Diane G. Schwartz has been promoted to the position of head of the Reference/Information Services Department, Taubman Medical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

William Serban has been promoted to social sciences reference librarian at the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.

Barbara L. Shipman has been promoted to the position of search services coordinator and reference/information services librarian at the Taubman Medical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Patricia Ward Silvernail has been appointed assistant university librarian for public services at the University of Oregon Library, Eugene.

Elizabeth S. Smith has joined the staff of the Reference Department at the University of South Florida Library, Tampa.

Raymond Soto is now collection development/ reference and instruction librarian at the College Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Gloria J. Stockton has been appointed director of the Northern Regional Library Facility, University of California, located in Richmond.

Robert R. Walsh has been appointed assistant to the chief librarian at Queens College, City University of New York.

Jen-Yuan Wang has been appointed senior assistant librarian in the Catalog Department of Olin Library, Cornell University.

David Winchester is the new serials/reference librarian at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas.

Joy G. Wofse joined the staff of the New York University Medical Center Library as assistant reference librarian.

Lawrence A. Woods has been appointed assistant director for automated systems/coordinator of technical services for the University of Notre Dame.


Jean Lynn Barnard has retired from her position as a senior associate librarian at the University of Michigan’s Taubman Medical Library, Ann Arbor.

C. Jean Belch, head of the Curriculum Materials Section, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, retired on April 1 after 13 years with the library.

Betty Brooks Flowers retired from the New York University Medical Center Library on December 17 after 15 years of service. She was assistant reference and acquisitions librarian at the time of her retirement.

Bernadette Gualtieri, senior reference librarian at the University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, retired on April 1 after 20 years with the library.

William G. Sartain, head of the Research Facilities Section of the Library of Congress, retired on March 15 after more than 35 years of service with LC. He began in 1947 as deck attendant and worked his way up to his most recent position in February, 1981.

Bessie A. Stein, library director of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, resigned her position on April 30 after 27 years with MCW. She had served as library director since 1975. Stein was largely responsible for the planning and furnishing of the Todd Wehr Library which was occupied in July, 1978.

Frances Wright, librarian in the Monograph Cataloging Division at the University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, retired on March 1 after 27 years with the library.

Paul B. Kebabian, director of libraries at the University of Vermont since 1966, will retire on July 31. His many accomplishments include participation in the group of six New England state university library directors who sought ways of cooperation which led eventually to the formation of NELINET, membership in many ALA committees including the Catalog Code Revision Committee for AACR I and II, active involvement in planning and overseeing a major addition to the University of Vermont Library building (completed in 1980), and scholarly contributions in library science literature and in the history of American woodworking tools. His book, American Woodworking Tools (New York Graphic Society, 1978) is a definitive work on the subject. He has also been active in the Early American Industries Association, serving as its president from 1973 to 1976.

Paul B. Kebabian

Kebabian earned his bachelors degree from Yale in 1938, and his MLS from Columbia in 1948. He began his professional career at the Yale University Library, held the position of chief cataloger and other responsible positions in the Preparation Division of the New York Public Library from 1948 to 1963, and served as associate director of libraries at the University of Florida from 1963 to 1966.

During 1961-1962 he held a Ford Foundation appointment as program specialist in libraiy development at the University of Baghdad. He was a long time member of the Rite of the Red Dog, an extremely unofficial ALA discussion group.— Suzanne Massonneau.


Aileen Propes, formerly head cataloger at California State University, Long Beach, died on April 24 after an extended illness. ■■


ACRL has had a long-standing and major concern for academic status and other personnel issues. Together with ACRL, the American Library Association has designated personnel resources as one of its top five priorities—a goal with emphasis on the promotion of professional development, rights, interests, and obligations of library personnel. However, within ACRL there may have been a lack of comprehensiveness and cohesion in the program approach to this broad concern. Certain aspects have been covered by one or another committee or discussion group, yet the total impact of ACRL’s efforts in this area has been unclear. There may well be inadequate attention paid to the variety of personnel and career issues that should be pursued.

To the end of re-evaluating, clarifying, and refocusing a comprehensive set of efforts, the ACRL Executive Committee has created an Ad Hoc Academic and Research Library Personnel Study Group. This has been reported to the Board for their comment and information, and subsequently the committee membership has been formed as listed below. There will be consultation with related groups both inside and outside ALA to help with this effort. A sound redefined program in this important area will assist

ACRL and all those who work in academic and research libraries.

The charge to this study group is as follows:

To further the special interests of ACRL through efforts to assess the adequacy of current programs and committee activities in the light of present goals, objectives and priorities; to suggest to the ACRL Board of Directors by January, 1984, any initiatives needed so as to assure a suitably comprehensive program; to coordinate within ALA as seems useful, and thus to advance efforts in recruiting, professional education, counseling, career development, status and perquisites, and similar aspects of staffing, careers, and personnel administration in academic and research librarianship.

This study group is chaired by Page Ackerman and includes D. Kaye Gapen, dean of libraries, University of Alabama (from the ACRL Academic Status Committee); George M. Bailey, Claremont College Libraries (from the Chapters Council); Keith Cottam, director for public services, Vanderbilt University Libraiy (from the Continuing Education Committee); Carolyn Henderson, personnel officer, Stanford University Libraries (from the Personnel Administrators Discussion Group); Thomas L. Wilding, director for administrative and personnel services of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries (from the Staff Development Discussion Group); Deanna B. Marcum, program associate of the Council on Libraiy Resources (at-large); Suanne W. Muehlner, director of the Colby College Library (at-large); and Julie Carroll Virgo, ACRL executive director, serving without vote.

Those with suggestions for this study group should write Page Ackerman at 310 20th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90402; (213) 393-2376. ■■

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