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Ann-Christe Young

Prudence W. Dalrymple,dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University, has been elected president of the National Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) to begin in 2001. She was also appointed to a three-year term with the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee.


Ted E. Behrhas been appointed director of the Center for Artificial Books (CAB) in Bloomfield, Connecticut. An affiliate of the Molesworth Institute, CAB houses the world’s largest collection of objects in the shape of books. He continues his duties as curator of artifacts at the Molesworth Institute in Storrs, Connecticut on a part-time basis. Behr received his bachelor’s (1976), master’s (1979), and Ph.D. (1984) in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University. Prior to joining the Molesworth Institute in 1999, he held curatorial positions at the Rosemary Wells “Tooth Fairy” Collection in Winnetka, Illinois; the World’s Largest Ball of Twine in Darwin, Minnesota; the Society of Paper Money Collectors in Florissant, Missouri; and the Antique Fan Museum in Dallas, Texas. Behr’s extensive writings on the role of artifacts in the library have recently been compiled into the book Stuff in the Library (the Molesworth Institute, 2000). (Aprilfool!)

Ted E. Behr

Barbara I. Deweyhas been appointed interim university librarian at the University of Iowa (UI). Her permanent position is director of information and research services. She has published and presented widely on a range of library issues, including human resources, strategic planning, digital libraries, and library services. Before joining the UI, Dewey held positions at the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, Northwestern University Library, and the Minnesota Regional Library System.

Barbara I. Dewey

Priscilla Lawrencehas been named executive director of the Historic New Orleans Collection. Lawrence has served the collection for more than 20 years as registrar, collections manager, and acting director and has been active in the American Association of Museums, Louisiana Association of Museums, and Southeastern Museums Conference.

Howard McGinnhas been appointed dean of libraries at Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania. McGinn previously served in various executive positions in libraries and in the corporate sector. These include city librarian of New Haven, Connecticut, the executive directorship of PORTALS (a Portland consortium of public and academic libraries at Portland State University) and the directorship of the State Library of North Carolina. He also served as director of the library at Chestnut Hill College. McGinn has extensive knowledge of the corporate sector as well, having been the national audiovisual sales manager for the J. B. Lippincott Publishing Company and the general manager of the Microfilming Corporation of America. He chairs the recruiting committee for the Black Caucus of the ALA. Among his many accomplishments is construction of the North Carolina Information Network, a statewide electronic information system.

Susan B. Barnardhas been appointed head of access and delivery services at North Carolina State University.

Pamela Beegleis now a reference librarian at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Jennifer Boettcherhas been appointed business reference librarian at the Lauinger Library at Georgetown University.

Joshua Boyerhas been appointed reference librarian for distance learning services at North Carolina State University.

Stewart Browerhas been appointed coordinator of information management education services in the Health Sciences Library at SUNY, Buffalo.

Bill Brownis now coordinator of research and instructional services in the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley.

David Carpenteris now head of reference in the Central Library at Vanderbilt University.

Karen Cicconeis now assistant head of the North Carolina State University’s Research and Information Services Department.

Katherine Dexterhas been appointed reference librarian for education and psychology at North Carolina State University.

Thad E. Dickinsonhas been appointed reference/instruction librarian at Loyola University of Chicago.

Christian Duponthas been appointed curator of special collections at Notre Dame.

Jessica J. Fischerhas been appointed reference librarian at the College of William and Mary.

Karin Fordhas been named library services director at OCLC/WLN Pacific Northwest Service Center.

Rhonda Gordonhas joined Butler University as assistant reference librarian.

Vicki Grahameis the new head of the catalog department at the University of California in Irvine.

Regina Hall-Oppenheimhas been appointed user instruction reference librarian at University of Albany, SUNY.

Shirley Hallbladehas been appointed Jackson Library director at Stanford University.

D’Anne Harmonhas been appointed director of library development and external relations at Texas Tech University.

Mary Heinzmanis now business reference librarian at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Jill Hollingsworthhas been appointed reference librarian at the Lauinger Library at Georgetown University.

Laura Hudsonhas been appointed electronic systems and services librarian at San Diego State University.

James Hutchensis now reference/instructional technology librarian at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

William L. Joycehas been named Dorothy Foehr Huck chair for special collections at Pennsylvania State University.

Carol N. Joyneris now electronic resources librarian at Wake Forest University.

Michael Kaplanis the new director of product management for Ex Libris (USA), Inc.

Elizabeth K. Killingsworthhas been appointed assistant university librarian in the reference department at the University of Central Florida Library in Orlando.

Patricia Kranovichhas been appointed head of reference at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Andrea Lambis now theology/Catholic Americana bibliographic access team manager at Notre Dame.

Marsha Maguirehas been appointed manuscripts and special collections cataloging librarian, Monographic Services Division, at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Brent Maihas been appointed director of the Walker Management Library at Vanderbilt University.

Beth Marhankais now reference librarian/Web specialist at the Lauinger Library at Georgetown University.

Bernard McTigueis now head of special collections at North Carolina State University.

Amber Merymanhas joined Butler University as assistant reference librarian.

Stephanie Neelyis now senior fellow/ assistant director of the Boston Library Consortium.

Carol Nursehas been appointed evening reference librarian at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

James Quigelhas joined Pennsylvania State University as head of historical collections and labor archives.

Nora Quinlanis now assistant head of distance library services at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Patricia Renfrohas been appointed deputy university librarian at Columbia University.

Peggy Richardis now assistant university librarian for systems at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mary Clare Sabiohas been appointed reference librarian at Nova Southeastern University n Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Kelly Sandersonis now a cataloger in the Center for Information Processing Department at Southern Methodist University.

Gregg Sapphas been appointed head of the science library at the University of Albany, SUNY.

Frances Sardoneis now reference/instructional technology librarian at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Ursula Scholzhas joined Loyola University of Chicago as interlibrary loan librarian.

Robert Sotakhas been appointed the collection management department’s librarian for life sciences at North Carolina State University.

Matthew Stefankois now reference librarian at Texas Tech University.

Isabel Stirlingis now associate university librarian and director of public services at the University of California at Berkeley.

Patrick Sullivanhas been appointed business reference librarian at San Diego State University.

Jean Thompsonhas been appointed coordinator of technical services and cataloging librarian at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

Melissa Trewettis now associate dean of libraries at Loyola University of Chicago.

Meng-fen Suis now head librarian of the East Asian Library Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Amanda Wakarukhas been appointed business reference librarian at Old Dominion University.

William Waltersis now collection development and acquisitions librarian at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

Irwin Weintraubhas joined Brooklyn College, CUNY, as science reference librarian and life sciences specialist.

Heaseon Whanghas been appointed Korean Studies librarian in the Asia Library at University of Michigan.

Eric Williams-Bergenis now access services librarian at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

Wendy Zamanis the new East Campus branch library manager at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Bill Kirwan,university librarian at Western Carolina University (WCU) since 1977, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2000. He has worked with the library directors at Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina, Asheville, to form the Western North Carolina Library Network, now in its 15th year of operation. Prior to his position at WCU, Kirwan was library director at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. From 1968 to 1974, he served as the first director of the Loyola-Notre Dame Library, where he coordinated the merger of the two libraries, which served both Maryland colleges.

Bill Kirwan


Mary Ellen Batchelor,who served as reference and periodicals librarian in the Science/ Engineering Library at Southern Methodist university for 15 years until her retirement in 1997, died October 17, 1999.

Robert L. Burr,dean of the Foley Library at Gonzaga University for 23 years and associate academic vice president for Information Technology since 1996, died January 21, 2000, at the age of 55 following a heart attack. Burr helped found and was president of the Inland Northwest Library Automation Network, a consortium of Northwest libraries that share an online library information system. He was a member of ALA and ACRL, the Council of Spokane Area Libraries, the Northwest Association of Private College and University Libraries, the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society in Library Science. He received the Jesse H. Shera Research Award, the Gonzaga Research Council Faculty Research Grant Award, and the Gonzaga University Permanent Professional Certificate.

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David Cook,manager of reference services in the Mills Library at McMaster University, has died. He had worked with the library staff since 1975.

James Davis,retired rare book librarian in special collections at UCLA, died on February 3 at the age of 64 of complications resulting from surgery.

Jeanne Hurley Simon,who gained national prominence as a champion of libraries, an author, and a full partner in the political career of her husband, Senator Paul Simon, died February 22. Simon, 77, made her political debut in 1956 by winning election to the Illinois House from her Chicago suburban district. Four years later, she and Paul Simon became the only legislators in Illinois history to wed while both served. She chaired the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, receiving the presidential appointment in 1993 and reappointment in 1997. Simon became an adjunct professor of library services at Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale in 1997, joining her husband in founding the SIU Public Policy Institute.

Jean Chandler Smith,author and twice acting director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, died of cancer on December 21,1999, in Maryland. Smith’s research into the writings of the French naturalist Baron Georges Cuvier (1769-1832) was published as Georges Cuvier: An Annotated Bibliography of His Published Works (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992) with an introduction by Stephen Jay Gould. Smith joined the Smithsonian staff in 1965 and served as special assistant to the director for collection development of biological science programs, as assistant director of reader services, and as acting director (1972, 1977-79). After her retirement in 1981, she continued as a research associate of the libraries and in 1986 was interviewed for the Smithsonian Archive’s Oral History Project. Smith worked in the District of Columbia public libraries, in Hawaii, at Yale University, and at the National Institutes of Health during her 40-year career.

Kathryn A. Soupiset,head of acquisitions at Trinity University (TU) from 1980 until 1999, died February 26 in San Antonio at the age of 55, after a long illness. Active professionally on the national scene, she was the first compiler and editor of the “College Books Price Index,” which has appeared annually in CHOICE since 1984, and in the BOWKER ANNUAL since 1985, handling that responsibility for nine years. The March 1993 issue of CHOICE recognized Soupiset’s work by noting that she “performed an essential and worthwhile service for academic librarians with grace and style.” In 1995, she received the Rhea Fern Malsbury Award, TU’s highest honor for service to the university by a member of the staff.

Alexander Wainwright,former assistant university librarian for acquisitions at Princeton University, died January 5, 2000, at the age of 82. Wainwright was associated with Princeton University’s library for more than half a century and he devoted his career to collecting, cataloging, and caring for rare and old books. ■

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