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SuanneW. Muehlner, assistant director for public services of The Libraries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, assumed the directorship of Miller Library at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, on September 1.

SuanneW. Muehlner

Peter Kingsley

At MIT, Muehlner supervised and coordinated the library system’s five divisional and three branch libraries, and two reading rooms and served as liaison between the public service departments and other sections. During five years in the post, Muehlner developed standards for consistent practices in circulation, reserve, reference, and coordinated collection policies. Her current project is long-range planning on inflationary effects on book and journal budgets and the impact of automation.

Muehlner has been with the MIT library system for 16 years. From 1968 to 1973, she administered the Earth and Planetary Sciences library; she became personnel librarian in 1973; she served as assistant director for personnel services from 1974 to 1976.

Fluent in the French and German languages, Muehlner was during 1970-71 a librarian with the Technische Universität in Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany.

She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965, obtained her master’s degree in library science from the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, and has an MBA from Northeastern University.

ArthurP. Young has been appointed dean of libraries and professor at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, effective September 21. Prior to his appointment Young served as assistant dean for public services, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, University of Alabama, from 1976 to 1981. From 1972 to 1975, he was a part-time research associate with the Library Research Center, University of Illinois. Earlier, he had been head of reader services and social science bibliographer, 1969- 1972, Memorial Library, SUNY College at Cortland.

He has served as an adjunct faculty member in the library schools of Syracuse University and the University of Alabama. Active in professional associations, Young has been vice president of the college/university libraries section, New York Library Association; chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, Alabama Library Association; and secretary-treasurer of ALA’s Library History Round Table.

Young received the bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 1962 and the master of arts in teaching degree (history and education) from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1964. Library degrees are the MLS from Syracuse University in 1969, and the Ph D. from the University of Illinois in 1976.

Among his eighty publications is Boohs for Sammies: The American Library Association and World War I, forthcoming in the Beta Phi Mu chapbook series.

WinstonA. Walden has been appointed director of the F. G. Woodward Library at Austin Pėay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee, effective June 26.

Formerly head of technical services at the Kent Library of Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Walden has also served as acting director and acquisitions librarian at Kent Library.

Walden received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He received an MLS at the University of Iowa and is completing his doctoral dissertation at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.


David Kaser,professor of library and information science at Indiana University, Bloomington, has received a grant from the Asia Foundation to consult on a new library building for Ewha Womans University in Korea. He spent part of last summer in Seoul initiating work on the project, which will be completed by 1985 as part of the university’s centennial effort. Ewha, with an enrollment of nearly 17,000, is the largest women’s university in the world.

John Lancasterand Ruth Mortimer have been appointed joint editors of the quarterly journal, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. Their editorship begins with volume 76 (1982), succeeding William B. Todd, who had edited the Papers since 1967. Lancaster is special collections librarian and archivist of Amherst College, and Mortimer is curator of rare books at Smith College.


Kate Adamsis now reference librarian in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Brian Aveneyhas been appointed director for research and development at Blackwell North America, Inc., Beaverton, Oregon.

AdriaC. Beckham has been appointed reference librarian at the University of Alabama Library.

Deborah Bezansonjoined theReference Department of the Gelman Library, George Washington University, Washington, D C.

David BlockIII has been appointed social science/history bibliographer in the Collection Development Department of the University of Alabama Library.

FrederickR. Brady is now assistant cataloger at the Oklahoma State University Library, Stillwater.

B. J. Busch has been appointed head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

M. Sylvia Carson has been appointed assistant librarian in the Research and Standards Department, Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

Donis Caseyis the new government documents reference librarian at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

ThomasW. Conkling has been appointed head of the Engineering Library at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

MarthaH. Cordova is now assistant librarian of the Feldberg Engineering and Business Administration Library at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Samuel Demashas been appointed head of the Access/Circulation Department of Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Edward Duncanis now head of the Cataloging Department at Georgia Southern College Library, Statesboro.

Caroline Earlyhas been appointed assistant head of the Acquisitions Department in the Gelman Library, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

David Fraleyhas been appointed reference librarian at the Willamette University Library, Salem, Oregon.

ElaineA. Franco is now principal cataloger for the Processing Division, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Alexander MacGregor Gilchristhas been appointed head of the reference department at the University of South Carolina Library, Columbia.

LorenR. Goldner was appointed librarian of the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

Harriet Grossmanhas been appointed media services librarian at the Health Sciences Library, Columbia University, New York.

RuthS. Haas has been appionted assistant head of the Harvard University Library CONSER Office.

LarryL. Harbin has been appointed reference librarian at the University of Alabama Library.

DonaldD. Hendricks, director of the library at the University of New Orleans, has been named dean of the library at that institution.

Cynthia Hernandezhas been appointed cataloger in the Social Sciences Unit of the University of Illinois Library, Urbana.

Ellis Hodginhas been appointed head of the Public Services Division of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library, University of Guam.

JeffreyL, Horrell has been appointed art librarian of the Sherman Art Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

CarolJ. Kane is now assistant reference librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

AliceW. Karasick has been appointed circuit-rider librarian at the University of Southern California’s Norris Medical Library, Los Angeles.

Ginny Kimzeyhas been named coordinator of the Health Science Libraries, Texas Woman’s University Dallas Center.

BarbaraL. Kittle has been appointed head of serial records at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

MargaretG. Knapp has been appointed reference librarian in Harvard University’s Gutman Library.

RebeccaC. Knight has been appointed administrative services librarian at Wichita State University, Kansas.

AliceL. Lane is now head of the Serials Cataloging Section, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Melissa Laninghas been appointed assistant head of the Cataloging Department, Gelman Library, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

CatherineN. La Tour has been appointed assistant librarian for reader services at Southeastern University, Washington, D.C.

Elaine Tai Lauriais now educational broker for the Self-Directed Learning Project at the University of Southern California’s Norris Medical Library.

SusanJ. Lieberman has been appointed reference librarian at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

Elizabeth Ann Lucas-Fordis a new cataloger in the Processing Division, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

WilliamE. McGrath has been appointed associate professor at the School of Information and Library Studies of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Sharon Burke Maderhas been appointed information retrieval/ILL librarian at Memphis State University, Tennessee.

Carolyn Malhoithas been appointed cataloger of audiovisual materials at Memphis State University, Tennessee.

Katharine Martinezhas been appointed head of access services at Columbia University’s Avery Library, New York.

LynneM. Meyers has been appointed head of the Technical Services Department at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

Angela Millionis the new history, political science and geography reference librarian at the University of Oklahoma at Norman.

WilliamS. Morgan has been appointed humanities and social sciences librarian at Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Melanie Nietmann Nortenhas been appointed serials librarian at Dartmouth College Library.

Shelley Phippsis now head scienceengineering librarian at the University of Arizona Library, Tucson.

JeanA. Poland has been appointed engineering librarian at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

SueL. Raymond has been appointed reference librarian at Memphis State University, Tennessee.

PatriciaA. Renn-Scanlan has been appointed reference librarian at the University of Alabama Library.

HarrisM. Richard has been named director of the library at San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico.

Daniel Richardshas joined the staff of the Columbia University Libraries as assistant health sciences librarian for resources and reference services.

Thomas Sandershas been appointed head of the technical services division, University of Guam.

RavindraN. Sharma has been appointed head of the library at Pennsylvania State University’s Beaver Campus.

BarbaraA. Sokolosky was appointed curatorial associate in the Harvard University Archives.

Donna Gayley Spearmanhas been appointed assistant librarian in general reference and cataloging, Kansas State University Libraries, Manhattan.

Elizabeth Stewarthas been appointed archivist and head of special collections at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

RuthK. Taylor has been appointed head of the Shiftman Medical Library, Wayne State University, Detroit.

Sandra Tayloris now an assistant librarian in the Health Sciences Library, University of California, Davis.

John Tongateis the new head of reference services at Perry-Castaneda Library, University of Texas at Austin.

MaryS. Townsend is now executive assistant in the Office of the Assistant Librarian for Processing Services at the Library' of Congress.

RichardS. Tyce has been appointed head of Pennsylvania State University’s Hazleton Campus Library.

KatherineL. Walter is now head of the Serials Records Section, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Patricia Weaver-Meyersis now head of access services at the University of Oklahoma Library, Norman.

Charles Weyanthas been appointed university librarian at the Willamette University Library, Salem, Oregon.

WeldonL. Whipple is now OCLC coordinator for the Processing Division, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

JamesF. Williams has been appointed associate director of university libraries at Wayne State University, Detroit.

GlennR. Wittig has joined the faculty of the School of Librarianship of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, as assistant professor.

Stephen Wolffhas been appointed reference librarian at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.


LewisC. Branscomb retired on September 1 as professor of Thurber Studies after serving 33 years at Ohio State University. He will retain his present office at OSU and continue his activity on several committees of the American Association of University Professors and the University Senate. His new title is professor of library administration emeritus.

Lewis C. Branscomb

Branscomb was associate director of libraries at Ohio State from 1948 to 1952 and director of libraries from 1952 to 1971, a period when the automated circulation system development began in earnest. He became professor of Thurber Studies in 1971, the year after the James Thurber Reading Room was dedicated. The Thurber collection contains the complete works of Thurber as well as many manuscripts and papers.

Prior to his service at Ohio State, Branscomb was assistant director of public services at the University of Illinois (1944-1948); librarian and professor of library science at the University of South Carolina (1942-1944); library director at Mercy University, Macon, Georgia (1941-1942); and order librarian at the University of Georgia (1939-1941).

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in library science at the University of Michigan in 1939, an MLS at the same institution in 1941, and a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Graduate Library School in 1954.

Branscomb has been very active in ACRL and ALA. He was president of ACRL in 1958-59, chair of the College and University Section of the Ohio Library Association in 1952-53, and chair of the ALA Nominating Committee in 1954-55. He received an award of merit from the Ohio Library Association in 1971.

Branscomb was president of the Ohio State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors in 1953-54 and served on the AAUP National Council from 1952 to 1955. In 1974 he co-authored a History of the Ohio Conference, AAUP, 1949-1974. Branscomb has also been on the board of directors for the Center for Research Libraries and the board of trustees for the Ohio College Library Center.

He edited The Case for Faculty Status for Academic Librarians, a 1970 ALA publication, and contributed several articles for the Dictionary of American Library Biography (1977). He has written several articles on James Thurber and the OSU Thurber collection, including one in the winter 1975 issue of the Lost Generation Journal.

An article on the early days of OCLC coauthored by Branscomb appears in the July 1981 issue of C&RL.

JohnH. Gribbin, director of libraries at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will retire in March, 1982. He became director of the UMC libraries in 1977 after serving as library director at Tulane University for ten years.

John H. Gribbin

At UMC Gribbin helped develop a new circulation system and was instrumental in acquiring a new library annex. Most recently he was involved in planning a combined facility for library storage and the health sciences library.

Gribbin obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina, an MLS from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1958.

He was chair of the first board of directors for SOLINET in 1973–1974 and acting executive director for that organization in 1974. He has published articles on SOLINET in C&RL News (February 1975) and the Southeastern Librarian, where he served as editor from 1964-1966. Gribbin also edited the 11th edition of Industrial Research Laboratories of the United States (1960) and the 7th edition of Scientific and Technical Societies of the United States and Canada (1961).

From 1950 to 1966 he held various positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, the National Research Council, and the University of North Carolina.

KennethJ. Carpenter has retired as special collections librarian at the University of Nevada Library, Reno, after 19 years of service.

Lillie Casterhas retired as head of monographic cataloging at the D.H. Hill Library, University of North Carolina, Raleigh.

JosephS. Komidar retired on September 1 as library director of the Tufts University Library, Medford, Massachusetts, after 25 years of service. Before coming to Tufts he held positions at Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, and was chief of the reference and special services division at the Northwestern University Library.


MarionA. Milczewski, director of libraries at the University of Washington from 1960 to 1977 and professor emeritus at the University of Washington School of Librarianship, died June 18.

Milczewski received his bachelor of arts degree in 1936 from the University of Michigan. He was awarded his bachelor of library science degree in 1938 and a master of science degree in 1940, both from the University of Illinois.

MarionA. Milczewski

James 0. Sneddon

From 1940 to 1947 he served in various positions at ALA Headquarters. He joined the association as assistant to the executive secretary, became executive assistant on the Books for Latin America Project, was assistant to the director of international relations from 1943 to 1946, and served as director of international relations from 1946 to 1947. Later, from 1969 to 1973, Milczewski served on the ALA Council and Executive Board.

He assisted in the establishment of the Benjamin Franklin Library in Mexico in 1942, and in 1945 he was ALA’s official representative to the Third Congress of Librarians, the First Congress of Archivists, and the First Book Fair, all in Mexico.

In 1947 Milczewski became director of the Southeastern States Cooperative Library Survey of the Tennessee Valley Library Council. The results of this nine-state survey of library facilities were reported in Libraries of the Southeast, written in collaboration with Louis R. Wilson. In 1949 he went to the University of California-Berkeley as assistant librarian. In 1954-1955 he held a Fulbright fellowship for research at the universities in Great Britain.

Milczewski’s professional memberships included ACRL, the Pacific Northwest Library Association, the California Library Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Association of American Library Schools. He was a founding member of the Seminar in the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials.


ALA’s Government Documents Round Table has announced the availability of two awards, the James Bennett Childs Award and the CIS/ GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award, to be given at the ALA 1982 annual meeting in Philadelphia.

The James Bennett Childs Award was established in 1976 and is given to “honor a person who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government documents and their use in libraries.” Such contributions may have been in any or all fields of documents librarianship. The award consists of a bronze plaque with the likeness of James Bennett Childs.

The CIS/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award was first given in 1977 and is to “honor an individual and/or library, institution, or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of federal documents in support of library services.” The award consists of $1,000 to be used in the area of documents librarianship (but not for personal advantage) and a framed, hand-lettered plaque.

Nominations should be made prior to the ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver, January 23-28, 1982. Nominations and supporting material should be sent to Lois Mills, Chair, GODORT Awards Committee, Library, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455.

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The Association of College and Research Libraries has been awarded a grant of $67,293 to conduct two workshops for academic librarians. The workshops will be held in Boston in early December, 1981, and in California at the end of February, 1982.

The purposes of the workshop are:

to acquaint librarians with the value and potential impact of humanities programs on the library’s program of service;

to demonstrate how these programs will promote greater use of the library’s humanities holdings;

to demonstrate how innovative public programs are designed and produced;

to encourage librarians to make an assessment of their humanities holdings with a view to developing program themes;

to assist librarians to take preliminary steps in preparing a proposal with particular emphasis toward the solicitation of cost-sharing from either local funding sources or private philanthropy; and

to explain the particular goals and objectives of NEH and the work funded by each of the other NEH Divisions.

Applications are being sought from librarians wishing to participate in these workshops. Preference will be given to teams of one librarian/one faculty humanist from each institution. Fifty applicants will be accepted for each workshop.

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

1. Demonstrated interest in programming beyond the immediate academic community;

2. Ability to assess the library’s humanities holdings and to identify potential topics for humanities programs;

3. Interest in learning how to develop innovative methods of programming to stimulate interest in the humanities in the general adult public.

Participants will be provided with a per diem of $50 per day for two days and a travel subsidy of up to $150. Applications must be made on project application forms, available by calling the ACRL office at (312) 944-6780 or writing to:

Association of College and Research Libraries NEH Project 50 E. Huron Street Chicago, IL 60611

Deadline for completed applications for the Boston workshop is November 6, 1981, and for the California workshop, January 22, 1982.

Project director is Dr. Julie Carroll Virgo, ACRL Executive Director. Peggy O’Donnell will serve as the program consultant and Dr. Huel Perkins as the Humanist Consultant.

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