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Fred M. Heath, dean of libraries at the University of North Alabama, has been named director of libraries at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth.

Heath had been at UNA since 1980, during which he served as interim director of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, for two years. Prior to that time he was reference/ documents librarian at the University of Richmond and later assistant director for public services at Radford University. Heath is currently president-elect of the Library Management Network, a shared automated system linking UNA with public, community college, special and school libraries across the northern tier of Alabama. He is a member of the SO-LINET board, serving as treasurer and chair of the Contract Committee, and is a graduate of the first class of the ARL/OMS Consultant Training Program. Heath has also been selected for the 1987 UCLA Senior Fellows class. A former member of the ACRL Budget and Finance Committee, he also served as chair of the C‹&RL News editorial board in 1984-86.

A graduate in history from Tulane University (1966), Heath received a master’s in history from the University of Virginia (1968), and served subsequently in the Air Force for four years. He earned an MLS from Florida State University in 1973 and a doctorate in education from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1980.

James W. Pruett, professor of music and former chairman of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed chief of the Music Division of the Library of Congress, effective September.

Pruett has been associated with North Carolina throughout his academic and professional career, earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees there in 1955, 1957, and 1962, respectively. He remained thereafter as a reference assistant and later head of the reserve reading room and music librarian, as well as assistant and later associate professor of music. He concurrently held the positions of professor of music and chairman of the Music Department from 1976 to 1986, during which he developed a concert calendar of 50 to 60 programs a year in addition to his administrative duties. Pruett has also served as a member or officer of numerous administrative committees, boards, and councils at North Carolina.

The author of many articles and compiler of several bibliographies, Pruett has also edited and contributed to several anthologies and reference works. He is currently engaged in research on an edition and study of the Laborde Chansonnier, in the collections of the Library of Congress. Pruett has been active as a committeeman and officer in the Music Library Association, of which he was president during 1973-1975, and is active in the American Musicological Society. He was editor of the MLA quarterly, Notes, during 1974-1977, serving earlier as music review editor (1969-1971). Pruett is a member of the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres. In the spring of 1976 he was visiting professor of music at the University of Toronto.

People in the News

Patricia M. Battin, vice president and university librarian of Columbia University, New York City, has been named the first president of the Commission on Preservation and Access. She will be responsible for developing and carrying out a new and extensive cooperative program that will involve many libraries and universities across the country. Established in 1986, the Commission was formed to deal with the threatened loss of large portions of the collections of America’s research libraries due to deterioration of paper. Its initial goal is to set in motion a nationwide preservation effort to capture the contents of hundreds of thousands of “brittle books” by microfilming or other means, and to make them permanently accessible. Battin, who has been at Columbia since 1974, will take up her new duties in August.

Ann Beaubien, Mary George, and Sharon Hogan were honored as distinguished alumnae of the University of Michigan’s School of Library and Information Studies 19th annual Alumni—in-Residence Program, held in Ann Arbor April 9 and 10. All are active in ACRL, of which Hogan, who is director of libraries at Louisiana State University, is past president .Beaubien is head, cooperative access services, at the University of Michigan; and George is head of the General Reference Division at Princeton University.

John Bidwell, reference and acquisitions librarian at the Clark Memorial Library of the University of California, Los Angeles, was one of 15 persons elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society at its semiannual meeting in Boston April 15. Bidwell is a historian of American papermaking and a biographical scholar.

David Kreh and Janet Potter have been named as co-recipients of the 1987 Friends of the State University of New York Library Association Award. The award, consisting of a gift and certificate of appreciation, will be presented on June 11 at the 19th annual SUNYLA conference, to be held at SUNY/Brockport. Kreh, reference librarian at SUNY/Cortland, is a founding member of SUNYLA and has served as vice president (1969-1971; 1973-1974) and president (1974-1975). He has also functioned as liaison to the United University Professions union. Potter, reference librarian at SUNY/Oneonta, has served SUNYLA in various capacities and has also been involved in contract negotiations.

Antje B. Lemke, retired professor of humanities and art and museum librarianship at Syracuse University, New York, was presented with the Art Libraries Society of America’s Distinguished Service Award at its convication program in Washington, D.C., February 15. Lemke, who retired in 1986 after 34 years of service, was honored for her effectiveness in teaching, as an author, and as one of the first promoters of the profession of art librarianship. Her emphasis on the common concerns of libraries led to invitations to Europe and Africa, where she instructed librarians in the importance of archival record-keeping. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1959, Lemke studied libraries in the Age of Enlightenment. In 1977 and 1984 she gave the first lectures in Australia on art librarianship.

William J. Maher, assistant university archivist at the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Midwest Archives Conference. He had previously served as secretary-treasurer (1981-1985) and on the nominating committee (1979-1980). Established in 1972 as a professional organization of archivists, manuscript curators, and historic site, museum, and library personnel, MAC has nearly 1,000 members in more than 40 states and six countries.

Appointments

(Appointments 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.)

Cynthia Adams has been appointed assistant head of the Humanities Reference Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jean Alexander has been appointed assistant Schaffner librarian at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Robert G. Anthony has been appointed collection development librarian for the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Elizabeth Smith Aversa has been appointed visiting assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Science of the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Trudi Bellardo has been appointed assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Frances Benham has been appointed associate dean of libraries for collections and information services at the University of Alabama, University.

David Bennett is now Triangle Research Libraries Network Systems Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nicole Bouche has been appointed head of the Manuscripts Division in the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

Judith Brugger has been appointed serials cataloger at the City College of the City University of New York, Manhattan.

Anne M. Burns has been appointed technical services/systems librarian in the Law Library at Vanderbilt University, Nashville. Tennessee.

Deborah Campana has been appointed music public services librarian at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Frank M. Campbell is now medical reference librarian in the Tompkins—McCaw Library’ at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

Bradley Carrington is the new head of the Serials Cataloging Section at Northwestern University", Evanston, Illinois.

Elizabeth A. Chenault is now rare book librarian for public services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joan Cherry has been appointed assistant professor in the Faculty of Library and Information Science at the University of Toronto, Ontario.

James Cogswell has been appointed head of the Reference and Information Services Division in the Humanities/Social Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Mary D. Darling is the new engineering/science reference librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

E. Anne Edwards has been appointed associate dean of libraries for access services at the University of Alabama, University.

Shelly Edwards has been appointed assistant technical services librarian at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, effective August.

Robert Neil Fulghum has been appointed keeper of the North Caroliniana Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Susan Koch Gegenhuber has been appointed NOTIS user services librarian at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

William Gig ax has been appointed assistant chief of the Library Services Division, Congressional Research Service, at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Dale Hood has been appointed NOTIS user services librarian at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

William J. Hook has been named director of the Divinity Library at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, effective July 1.

Gale Patricia Jackson is now reference librarian at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York.

Sally Jacobs has been appointed reference librarian at the James Branch Cabell Library of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

Donald Johnson has been appointed head of the Ames Library" of South Asia at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Lynn Jones is now assistant head of the Conservation Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

Arley D. Jonish, director of the libraryat Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, will remain on the staff as bibliographic librarian.

Mary W. Keckley is now associate director of libraries at the University of Texas at El Paso.

David Alan Kelly has been appointed catalog librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Brenda L. Kuchinsky has been appointed head of the Cataloging Department in the Baker Library of Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts.

Frances LaFleur has been appointed collection development/reference librarian (Chinese) in the East Asian Library" at Columbia University, New York City, effective July 1.

Wilfred Lancaster remains on the faculty of the Graduate School of Library" and Information Science of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Andrea K. Leyko has been appointed training specialist for the microcomputer training program at the Pittsburgh Regional Library Center at Chatham College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Amy Lucker has been appointed cataloger of architectural drawings in the Avery" Library" at Columbia University, New York City.

Sara J. Lyon has been appointed serials cataloger at the City College of the City Univ ersity of New York, Manhattan.

David Magier is now South Asian/Southeast Asian bibliographer and social sciences reference librarian at Columbia University", New York City".

Lucinda Manning has been named college archivist of Barnard College, Columbia University", New York City.

Joanne Marshall has been appointed assistant professor in the Faculty of Library and Information Science at the University of Toronto, Ontario.

John P. Martin is now technical services librarian at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York.

Elizabeth Meehan-Black has been appointed head of bibliographic searching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Meredith J. Merritt has been appointed catalog librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, effective August 16.

Robert J. Milevski has been appointed supervisory conservator and head of the Phased Conservation Section in the Conservation Office of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Monica M. Monkiewicz is now reference librarian in the Gutman Library of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Carla J. Montori is now preservation officer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Samuel F. Morrison has been named deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library.

Mira Myhre has been appointed head of cataloging at the Cornell University Medical College Library, New York City.

Marilyn L. Norstedt is now head of the cataloging department at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg.

Patricia Ogedengbe has been appointed librarian of Africana at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Carlos E. Polit has been appointed bibliographer for foreign languages and literatures in the Humanities Library at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Les Pourciau, director of libraries at Memphis State University, Tennessee, will also assume the duties of associate vice president for academic affairs.

Patricia M. Rader has been appointed reference librarian at the City College of the City University of New York, Manhattan.

Victoria Reich is the new chief of the serials department at Stanford University, California.

Barbara A. Sargen has been appointed reference/documents librarian at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Susan Searcy is now manuscripts cataloger in Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Reno.

David A. Smith has been appointed chief of the Decimal Classification Division at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Louise Spain has been appointed media librarian at LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, New York.

Ellen Sutton is now social sciences reference librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Annie F. Thompson has been named director of the Graduate School of Librarianship at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan.

Leslie A. Troutman has been appointed music user services coordinator at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Judith A. Walker has been appointed curriculum center reference librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

William M. Walker has been appointed documents/reference librarian in the Law* Library at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, effective August 1.

Joe Wible is the new head librarian and bibliographer of the Falconer Biology Library at Stanford University, California.

Calvin Williams has been appointed librarian at the Auburn Hills Campus of Oakland Community College, Michigan.

Henry M. Yaple has been named director of the library at Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, effective July 1.

Danesh Yazdani has been appointed media librarian at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York.

Faith Yoman has been appointed cataloging librarian at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Manhattan.

Patricia S. Zigas has been appointed business reference librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Retirements

James Damaskos, librarian of the Littauer Library of Harvard University since 1963, will retire at the end of August. Damaskos graduated from Harvard in 1946 and received his MLS from Simmons College. He worked in the Yale University Library from 1950 to 1956 and the Worcester, Massachusetts, Free Public Library from 1956 to 1958 before returning to Harvard as a cataloger in the Widener Library, and later becoming administrative assistant. A member of many library committees, Damaskos has also served as president of the Harvard Library Club.

Dolly B. Davis Hoover, head of the Department of Preservation and Conservation at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, will retire June 30. Prior to heading the newly created department, she was head of the Cataloging Department (1974-1982).

Paul Palmer, curator of the Columbiana Collection at Columbia University, New York City, will retire at the end of June after 36 years of service. Palmer’s association with Columbia began when he entered library school there in 1949. He held positions in the Burgess-Carpenter, Theater Arts, and Avery Libraries before taking charge of the Columbiana Collection in 1975.

Ruth Rausen, coordinator of Young Adult Services at the New York Public Library since 1982, retired at the end of April after more than 30 years of service. Rausen was also editor of the Library’s annual Books for the Teen Age, distributed to libraries nationally and abroad. A graduate of Ohio State University, she earned an MLS at Columbia University before joining NYPL in 1954, working in a number of Bronx branches. She was group work/academic school specialist in the Office of Young Adult Services from 1961 to 1965 and was a Borough young adult specialist in both Staten Island and Manhattan from 1965 to 1978. Thereafter she was assistant coordinator of Young Adult Services before assuming her most recent position. Rausen has been a member of the Rutgers University School of Library Services (1969-1979) and a faculty member at Bergen Community College (1979-1980). A member of the New York Library

Association, ALA’s Young Adult Services Division, and the Manhattan Council on Reading and the International Reading Association, Rausen also served as moderator of the “Teen Age Book Talk” radio program sponsored by NYPL, from 1969 to 1981. She is a member if the Committee to Rewrite Standards of the New York Library Association and has served on several ALA committees including, currently, the Publishers’ Liaison Committee. Author of numerous articles in professional journals, Rausen is also editor of Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson, published by Thomas Y. Crowell.

George Vdovin, head of the Chemistry Library at the University of California, Berkeley, retired April 24. An undergraduate major in zoology, Vdovin has also held science library positions at Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego.

Deaths

Miriam M. Brownstein, former head of the Serials Section of the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Library at the University of California, Los Angeles, died March 16 in Temple City, California. Brownstein worked in the EMS Library from 1952 until her retirement in 1973.

Elizabeth I. Dixon, former assistant college librarian at El Camino College, Torrance, California, and the first oral history librarian in the United States, died earlier this year at the age of 68. After raising a family, Dixon returned to school, earning a bachelor’s degree in international relations at the University of Southern California and an MLS from UCLA, where she was a member of the first graduating class of the School of Library Service. Dixon assisted in the founding of the Oral History Program at UCLA in 1959 and was active in the field throughout the sixties, most notably as chair of the university’s First National Colloquium on Oral History in 1966. Afterward, she spent a semester as librarian on the S.S. Ryndam, traveling around the world as part of Chapman College’s “College Afloat,” before assuming the position at El Camino.

Concha Romero James, reference specialist in the Hispanic Foundation (now the Hispanic Division) of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., from 1952 to 1963, died February 6. James was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and was a 1920 graduate of Pomona College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1926 she received a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Columbia University, where she also did postgraduate work in journalism. In 1932, after working as a freelance journalist in Mexico City, James came to the Pan American Union in Washington, D.C., as an editorial assistant in the Division for Intellectual Cooperation, of which she became chief in 1943. That same year she was honored by Eleanor Roosevelt for her work in the field of Inter-American cultural relations. At the Library of Congress, where she was employed part-time, she was a contributing editor for bibliography for the Handbook of American Studies. In 1954, on the occasion of the bicentennial of Columbia University, James received the Distinguished Service Medal for her contributions to international education.

Nancy Scott, special collections librarian emerita of Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, died early this year. She had retired in 1985 after 25 years of service.

Harold O. Thomen, a member of the staff of the Library of Congress for more than 40 years and an expert in genealogy, died December 9,1986, at the age of 84. Thomen published numerous articles over the past 30 years, including the “Checklist of Hearings Before the Congressional Committees through the 77th Congress,” and “A Supplement to the Index of Congressional Hearings.” An undergraduate major in library science at George Washington University, he worked in the library at Pennsylvania State University for three years following his retirement, and later worked for the Centre County Library and Historical Museum, serving as librarian and then as a volunteer.

Henry Voos, professor in the Rutgers University School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, New Brunswick, New Jersey, died April 3 in Philadelphia. He was 58. Born in Hamburg, Germany, Voos earned degrees in German language and literature from New York University, an MLS at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Library Service from Rutgers. After 12 years as chief of technical services at the U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal Library, he joined the faculty of the Rutgers Graduate School of Library Service (now the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies) in 1968. Voos’ teaching and research focused on systems analysis, bibliometrics and information technology, networks, and organization for retrieval. He directed more than 20 doctoral dissertations in these areas and served as advisor to hundreds of graduate students. Voos was an active member of the American Association for Information Science, the Special Libraries Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ronald David Williams, associate professor of the Emory University Division of Library and Information Management, Atlanta, Georgia, died April 27 after a long illness. Williams had been a member of the Emory faculty since 1974, serving first as instructor, then assistant professor, and, since 1982, as associate professor. In addition to courses in information technology, information software design, film literature and visual literacy in the Division of Library and Information Management, he had taught as a visiting lecturer in the English Department. Prior to his appointment at Emory, Williams had taught English at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; and English, German, and film literature at La Fayette High School, Alabama. He also served as media consultant at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Library. Williams was a 1969 graduate in English from Auburn University and earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alaska (1973), an MLS from Emory (1973), and a Ph.D. in information studies from Rutgers University (1984). He was a member of a number of professional organizations and had served as consultant in information systems for university, public, school, and special libraries and information centers, including the DeKalb Public Library System, the Lake Lanier Regional Library, the Mercer University School of Medicine Library, the Atlanta Public Schools, and the Witness to the Holocaust Project at Emory University. In 1984-1985, he was operations consultant in Cairo, Egypt, for the implementation of the Egyptian National Scientific and Technical Information Network, a joint project of the Academy of Scientific and Technical Research of the Republic of Egypt and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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