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Francesca Allegri, formerly head of Information Management Education Services at the University of North Carolina Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, relocated to Champaign, Illinois, in March. She will be teaching, consulting and writing in the areas of user education and information management. She continues as editor of the column, “Information Management Education,” in Medical Reference Services Quarterly.

Annie G. King, library director at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Alabama Library Association to an individual who has made a significant contribution toward the development of library service. The award was presented at the association’s annual convention in Birmingham on April 13. King has served at Tuskegee for 37 years. She began her career there in 1952 as a reference librarian, became acting librarian in 1966, and library director in 1970.

Within the Alabama Library Association King has worked in the College, University, and Special Libraries Division and served on numerous committees. Beyond the association she has provided leadership in improving library services for the historically black institutions. She is a charter member and currently chairman of the board of trustees of the cooperative College Library Center in Atlanta, the national organization established to extend the benefits of cooperative processing and participation in OCLC to historically black universities. She participated in the planning of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and worked with the initial planning group to insure that NAAL would include all the state’s academic institutions offering graduate education; for that NAAL is unique in the nation. She is a current member of the NAAL Executive Council, the second time she has been elected to this position. In addition, King chaired the first Resource Sharing Committee of NAAL which developed the procedure for the NAAL reimbursement program that has been successful in promoting the use of library resources throughout the state. Her committee also developed the charge to seek funding to improve the document delivery network. As a result, NAAL will be funded in 1989 to install telefacsimile equipment in all general and cooperative libraries.

Profiles

Judith Adams, head of the Humanities Department at the Auburn University Libraries, has been appointed director of the Lockwood Library at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Adams began her professional career at Lehigh University where she served as senior reference librarian. From there she moved to the Library of Congress, then to the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature at Georgetown University, and then to Oklahoma State University before joining the staff at Auburn. A graduate of Syracuse University, Adams is the coauthor of several publications including Technology and Values in American Civilization: A Guide to Information Sources (Gale Research, 1980), and Jules Verne: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (G.K. Hall, 1980). She co-authors an article called “Current Bibliography in the History of Technology” that appears annually in the journal Technology and Culture. She has made numerous presentations at national conferences, written and managed grants, and served actively in national as well as local professional organizations. She is currently writing an economic and cultural history of the amusement park industry in America.

Judith Adams

Shirley R. Baker, associate director for public services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, has been appointed dean of university libraries at Washington University in St. Louis effective August 1. Baker has served in her present position since 1985. Before that she served as assistant director for public services at MIT from 1982 to 1985, as librarian at Johns Hopkins University from 1976 to 1982, and as librarian at Northwestern University from 1974 to 1976. As a member of the Libraries’ Steering Committee she supervised the selection of an automated library system and directed its execution as chair of the Implementation Coordinating Committee. Baker has a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College and two master’s degrees from the University of Chicago. The author of several papers on library services and technology, Baker is active in national and local professional associations.

Shirley R. Baker

Timothy S. Healy, president of Georgetown University, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the New York Public Library. Healy began his career as an instructor of Latin and English at Fordham Prep School in New York, then held a number of positions at Fordham University including executive vice president (1965-1969). Before his appointment at Georgetown he served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at City University of New York (1969-1976). While on temporary leave in 1974 he served as special assistant to the chancellor of the State University of New York for the planning of a State Prison College.

Timothy S. Healy

A Manhattan native, Healy received his bachelor’s degree in English and his master’s in philosophy from Woodstock College in Maryland. He was ordained a Jesuit priest at the Facultés Saint Albert in Louvain, Belgium, and later received his master’s in English literature from Fordham University, and his doctorate from Oxford University. He has held fellowships from the Danforth Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and is a Fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford. He has received many honorary degrees, and currently serves as a member of the NCAA Presidents Commission; a member the Congressional Commission for the Study of Migration and Cooperative Economic Development; a trustee of the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger; a director of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education; a member of the Board of Trustees of Regis High School; director and chairman of the American Council on Education; and a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on South Africa. The author of many articles, Healy has also published two books on the poet John Donne.

Barton M. Lessin, associate director of the Central Michigan University Libraries, has been appointed assistant dean of libraries for Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Lessin earned his MLS from Simmons College, his master’s in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University, and his bachelor’s in history from Ohio University. He is a member of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, the Library Administration and Management Association, and ACRL. Among his publications are “The Off-campus Library Services Conference,” in C‹BRLNews (1987) and “The Librarian’s Role in the Establishment of Quality in Offcampus Graduate Education,” in Issues in Higher Education (1985). In addition, Lessin has edited three volumes of proceedings from the Off-campus Library Services Conference.

Barton M. Lessin

Barbara J. Smith, assistant dean of libraries at Pennsylvania State University for the past seven years, has been appointed head of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries effective July 5. Smith has also served as coordinator of Penn State’s Commonwealth Campus Libraries Division from 1975-82 and as a reference librarian at Penn State in the early 1970s. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Penn State, her master’s in education from the State University of New York at Oswego, her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh, and her doctorate in higher education from Penn State.

Barbara J. Smith

Smith has published many articles on libraries and education and has held elected positions in state and national library associations including the Council of the American Library Association. She served as director of the Regional Inventorying and Cataloging Center at Penn State for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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.)

Eleanor Alexander has been appointed reference librarian in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ Museum of American History Branch, Washington, D.C.

Julie Arnott has been appointed associate preservation librarian at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Nancy Austin has been appointed head of cataloging at Stanford University’s Lane Library, California.

Betsy Baker has been named head of reference at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Nancy K. Bayers has been appointed physics librarian at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Barbara Beaton has been appointed coordinator of the Information Center in the Reference Department at the University of Michigan’s Hatcher Graduate Library, Ann Arbor.

M. Eliot Bikales is the new circulation supervisor in the Circulation and Reserves Department at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

David Binkley has been appointed reference librarian at California State University, Chico.

Nora J. Bird has been appointed head of the Reference Department in the Cabot Science Library at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sherri Bisogno has been appointed reference librarian at Ohio State University, Mansfield campus.

Susan Blaine has been appointed head of the Newark Campus Library at Ohio State University, Newark.

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

Julie Brewer has been appointed assistant librarian for personnel services at the University of Delaware, Newark.

Carole Cable has been appointed assistant for library development and publications at the University of Texas, Austin.

Mary M. Carr has been appointed library director at North Idaho College, Couer d’Alene.

Kay Ann Cassell has been appointed associate director for programs and services at the New York Public Library’s Branch Libraries.

Muriel Conant has been appointed head of public services in the Museum of Comparative Zoology Library at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ellen Cunningham has been appointed preservation officer at the University of Texas, Austin.

Birgitta Dalrymple has been appointed reference/interlibrary loan librarian at Corpus Christi State University, Texas.

Alice P. Dixon has been appointed head of the Special Collections Department at Florida State University, Tallahassee.

Kathleen Donovan has been appointed reference librarian in the Gutman Library at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sallie H. Ellison has been appointed assistant director for access at the Wayne State University Libraries, Detroit, Michigan.

Emily Epstein has been appointed specialized collections cataloger at Kansas State University Libraries, Manhattan.

Steven R. Folsom has been appointed assistant cataloger at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

Ronald Fontaine has been promoted to head reference librarian at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut.

Joseph Galron-Goldschläger has been appointed Jewish studies cataloger at Ohio State University, Columbus.

Diane Garner has been appointed head of the Documents/Maps Section at Pennsylvania State University Libraries, University Park.

Emma C. Gibson has been appointed general reference librarian at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Christopher Gorsuch has been appointed associate university librarian in the Serials Department at Florida State University, Tallahassee.

Gail Gradowski has been appointed reference/ bibliographic instruction librarian at Santa Clara University, California.

Daniel F. Hanne has been appointed business/general reference librarian at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Caroline Hopkinson has been appointed reference/bibliographic instruction librarian at Armstrong State College, Savannah, Georgia.

Clint Howard has been appointed assistant university librarian for collections at the University of California, Davis.

Sheila Grant Johnson has assumed additional duties as assistant university librarian for reference, instruction, and collections at the Oklahoma State University Library, Stillwater.

Johanne LaGrange has been appointed audiovisual cataloger at Texas A&M University, College Station.

Rhonda Lawrence has been appointed associate librarian in the Law Library at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Bruce Leach has been appointed head of the Biological Sciences Library at Ohio State University, Columbus.

Lelahvon Lugo has been appointed computer assisted reference librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie.

Mary Markland is the new physical sciences librarian at North Dakota State University, Fargo.

James Mason has been appointed preservation/assistant collection development librarian at Kansas State University, Manhattan.

Hilda Hockley Minarek is now cataloger in the Hilles and Lamont Libraries at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

David Moltke-Hansen has been named curator of the Manuscripts Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Lydia Morrow has been appointed head serials librarian at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois.

Peggy Mueller has been appointed assistant for public services operations and staff development at the University of Texas, Austin.

Diane Newsum is the new reference librarian at Ohio State University, Columbus.

Marcia Parsons is now head of the Fine Arts Library at the University of Texas, Austin.

Darlene J. Patrick has been appointed head of the Acquisitions Department at Corpus Christi State University, Texas.

Joy Pile has been appointed music catalog librarian at Middlebury College, Vermont.

Lynette Ralph has been appointed head of the Circulation Department at Florida State University, Tallahassee.

Arlieda Ries has been appointed head of the Chemistry Library at Ohio State University, Columbus.

Anne G. Ritchie is now circulation and interlibrary loan librarian in Central Reference and Loan Services at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, D.C.

Mary Rogers has been promoted to assistant university librarian at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut.

Mark Roosa has been appointed senior assistant librarian for preservation in the Collection Management Division at the University of Delaware, Newark.

Karen Rupp has been appointed social science reference librarian at Texas A&M University, College Station.

Leinaala Seeger has been named director of the library at the University of Idaho Law School, Moscow.

Nancy Shlaes has been appointed reference librarian at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois.

Nancy R. Simons has been appointed assistant science librarian at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

Diane Smith has been appointed head of the Computer-Based Resources and Services Team at Pennsylvania State University Libraries, University Park.

Josephine Smith is now the gifts, special collections, and archives librarian at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut.

Reinhart Sonnenburg has been appointed classics, German, linguistics, and Romance languages librarian at Ohio State University, Columbus.

Linda M. Taylor has been appointed senior cataloger at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

Nell Thomas has been appointed head of the Veterinary Medicine Library at Tuskegee University, Alabama.

Shawn Tonner has been promoted to assistant director of public services at Florida State University, Tallahassee.

Gregor Trinkus-Randall has been appointed collection management consultant at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Boston.

Anne Van Camp has been named archivist at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, California.

Stephen Van Dyk has been named chief of the Smithsonian Libraries’ Cooper-Hewitt Museum Branch, New York.

Julia F. Wallace is now head of the Government Publications Library at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Elizabeth Wehner has been appointed assistant cataloger in the Record Maintenance Section at the University of Waterloo Libraries, Ontario.

Beth Weil has been appointed head of the Biosciences Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

Charlotte Welch has been appointed head of technical services at Bennington College, Vermont.

E. Elizabeth Weston has been appointed assistant librarian in the Central Processing Department at the University of Delaware, Newark.

Stephen Wolter has been appointed reference librarian and head of public services at Bennington College, Vermont.

Abigail Yasgur has been appointed reference librarian in the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Retirements

Yen-Tsai Feng, Roy E. Larsen librarian of Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, will retire after the current academic year. Appointed to the position in 1980, Feng is the first woman to serve as the librarian of Harvard College. Her career at Harvard began in 1955 as a reference librarian in the College Library. In 1957 she was appointed specialist in book selection for the social sciences in the Book Selection Division, and in 1965 she was appointed assistant librarian for documents, where she developed the Documents Division. In 1967 she left Harvard and became assistant director for research library service at the Boston Public Library. She then became the librarian of Wellesley College in 1977.

Feng received a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Shanghai, a master’s in English literature from Colorado State College, a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Denver, and an MLS from the Columbia University School of Library Service. She has received honorary doctorates from New England College, Regis College, Smith College, Saint Joseph’s College, and Simmons College. Feng has also received many other honors during her career, including the Joseph Coolidge Shaw, S.J., Medal of Boston College and the Julius Adams Stratton Prize for Cultural Achievement by the Friends of Switzerland, both of which she received with her husband, Philip McNiff. She has served on the ALA Committee on Accreditation, the WGBH Educational Foundation Community Advisory Board, the Library Visiting Committees for MIT and Lesley College, and the Board of Directors of the Boston YWCA, as well as chairing the ACRL Asian and African Committee and the Finance Committee of NELINET. Feng currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Polaroid Corporation and the Board of Trustees of Boston College.

Ralph W. Hansen, librarian/archivist at Boise State University, Idaho, will retire at the end of May after 10 years of service at BSU and 36 years of service in the profession. Hansen began his career as a reference librarian at Brigham Young University but in 1956 switched to archival work when he founded the BYU archives. In 1962 he moved to Stanford University where he founded the SU archives in 1965. In 1967 he became the head of the Acquisitions Department at Stanford while continuing to serve as the university archivist. After a flood at Stanford’s Meyer Library in 1978, Hansen supervised the restoration of 50,000 damaged volumes. In 1979 he moved to Boise State as the associate librarian. While at BSU, Hansen was put in charge of the three-year project of processing the Sen. Frank Church papers, which was completed in 1988.

Sarah Miller, faculty member of the Rutgers University Department of Library and Information Studies, retired at the end of the 1988 school year after ten years of service. Before joining the staff at Rutgers, Miller served as head of serials and documents acquisition at Columbia University, and taught part-time at Columbia’s Library School. She holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and anM.A., MLS, andDLS from Columbia, where she also received the School of Library Service’s Joseph Towne Wheeler Award.

Miller has done extensive research into the historical aspects of government printing and the government’s dissemination of information, particularly as these have affected libraries. One of her recent articles, “A Distribution of Books by the Continental Congress: The Nation’s Earliest Legislation Addressed to Libraries,” appeared in the Journal of Library History. A paper she presented—“Government Printing in the United States, Past and Present”—at the Twelfth Annual Conference of the American Printing History Association will appear in a forthcoming issue of Printing History.

Joseph Whitten, professor of library science at Long Island University, Brookville, New York, retired after 27 years of service. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Whitten received his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College. He also holds degrees from George Peabody College, Columbia University, and New York University. Prior to his position at LIU, Whitten served as head librarian at SUNY Maritime College, The Cooper Union, and Lycoming College. He has also taught at the University of Texas, the University of North Carolina, Florida State University, Columbia University, and the University of Kentucky.

Whitten belongs to several professional associations including ALA and the New York Library Association. He has been honored by the County Executive of Nassau County and the SUNY Librarians Association. The “Joseph N. Whitten Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service” was named in his honor by the Beta Mu Chapter and is given to graduating students at the LIU School of Library and Information Science.

Deaths

Mary Kelley, staff member at the Library of Congress, and former cataloger at the State University of New York at Buffalo, died in July 1988.

Marian M. Orgain, former curator of special collections at the University of Houston, died March 6. A native Texan, Orgain held degrees from Texas Christian University and Columbia University. She served as the librarian of the Houston Chronicle before becoming the first curator of special collections at Houston, where she developed the university’s Friends of the Libraries organization. She retired from the university in 1980 after 13 years of service.

Barbara A. Smith, former head of public services at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, died at home in Park Forest on March 8. Her most recent position was as coordinator of community college relations and analyst of academic programs for the provost, a post she held at Governors State since 1986.

Barbara A. Smith

Smith served as acting dean of Governors State’s Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education in 1981-1982 and 1984-1986; she was assistant dean and director of continuing education of the special programs office in 1979-1981 and 1982-1984. She also worked in the Governors State University Library from 1974 to 1979, serving as media storage specialist, systems librarian, and head of public services. Smith also served for many years as vice president and secretary of Wei T’o Associates, Inc., Matteson, Illinois, which she helped found.

Smith’s previous positions included summer school lecturer at the University of Washington School of Librarianship (1972); coordinator for departmental libraries, administrative assistant to the deputy director, and circulation and reserve librarian at the University of Chicago Library (1965-1971); reference librarian at Chicago State University (1964-1965); assistant professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Library and Information Science (1963-1964); reference librarian at Hong Kong City Hall Library (1962-1963); chief of public services, circulation librarian, and periodicals librarian at the University of Denver (1954-1961); and reference assistant in the Fine Arts Department of the Cincinnati Public Library (1953-1954).

She received her MLS (1953) and a bachelor’s degree in humanities (1951) at the University of Denver.

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