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José L. Aranda, assistant professor of library science at New Mexico State University-Doña Ana, has earned tenure, effective August 18, 2014.

Rich Gause, government documents librarian for the University of Central Florida Libraries since April 1998, has been named a member of the Depository Library Council (DLC). His three-year term on this prestigious committee began June 1, 2014. Established in 1972, the DLC is an advisory committee to the Public Printer and the Superintendent of Documents. Prior to joining UCF, Gause was a public librarian for 12 years in the Orange County Florida Library System. He has created or gathered the over 200 research guides on documents for the UCF Libraries (

Hal Mendelsohn, reference librarian and patents and trademarks librarian at the John C. Hitt Library at the University of Central Florida (UCF), was honored with the 2014 Excellence in Librarianship Award. Mendelsohn joined the University Libraries faculty in April 2001 as reference and library instruction librarian with collection development duties. Prior to joining UCF, Mendelsohn was a librarian at the Arnold LeDoux Library at Louisiana State University-Eunice. In October 2012, the Southeastern Library Association (SELA) created the new “Hal Mendelsohn Award” in his honor recognizing continual, dedicated, and outstanding service to SELA.

Rita Smith, executive associate dean at the University of Tennessee (UT)-Knoxville Libraries, is the recipient of the 2014 Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Service to the University, one of the highest honors given to a UT faculty or staff member. In her 38 years at UT, Smith has overseen many changes to library spaces and technology. At the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek credited Smith with ensuring that library services have kept pace with students’ ever-changing needs.

Tony Stankus, life sciences subject specialist at the Mullins Library, has become the first librarian to have been promoted to the rank of distinguished professor at the University of Arkansas.


Mario Ascencio has been named the college librarian and managing director of the library at the Art Center College of Design. Previously, Ascencio was library director at the Corcoran Gallery of Art/Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. As cochair of the Corcoran’s Self-Study Steering Committee, Ascencio was key in preparing the institution for its upcoming reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In 2008, Library Journal named him a Mover & Shaker in recognition of his commitment to improving and promoting library services at the national and international level. In 2006, he was elected president of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. In this role, he led the organization’s 40 board members, more than 800 association members, and 26 chapters throughout the United States. Previously, he worked as the visual arts liaison librarian at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and as a librarian for Latino research at the Smithsonian Libraries, National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. He has also held positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Arts Library, the Getty Research Institute Research Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library in New York.

Mario Ascencio Jason Hornick Photography

Diane Bruxvoort has been named university librarian for libraries, special collections, and museums at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Adriene Lim has been appointed the Philip H. Knight dean of libraries at the University of Oregon Libraries in Eugene, Oregon. She served as dean of libraries at Oakland University in Michigan since 2011. Prior to that, she was at Portland State University as interim university librarian, associate university librarian, and head of library technologies. Lim is the author of a 2010 paper on readability that was published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship that was named among the “Top 20 Articles in 2010” by ALA’s Library Instruction Round Table.

Adriene Lim

Tim Schlak has been appointed director, university librarian at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

Jenny Brice is Dartmouth College Library’s first digital preservation librarian.

Vickie Drake has joined the staff at Montgomery College as reference librarian at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus library.

Leanne Finnegan is the new database management librarian at Temple University Libraries.

Elizabeth Galoozis has been appointed information literacy and educational technology librarian at University of Southern California.

Carolyn Caffrey Gardner is now information literacy and educational technology librarian at University of Southern California.

Deborah B. Gaspar is now director of public services at Rowan University’s Campbell Library.

Francesca Giannetti has been appointed digital humanities librarian at the Rutgers University Libraries.

Kyle Henke is now digital archivist at the DePaul University Library.

Lindsey Hobbs has been named collections conservator in the preservation department at Princeton University Library.

Margaret Janz is the new librarian and instruction coordinator at the Science and Engineering Library of Temple University.

Lora Leligdon has joined Dartmouth College Library as physical sciences librarian for Physics and Astronomy.

Yuan Li is now scholarly communications librarian at Princeton University Library.

Tami Luedtke has been named coordinator of technical services at the DePaul University Library.

David Macaulay has been appointed collection development librarian at the University of Wyoming Libraries.

Elizabeth Marcus has been named research and instruction librarian/undergraduate experience librarian at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

David Minor is now director of the University of California-San Diego Library’s Research Data Curation Program.

Reid Otsuji has been appointed faculty liaison and data curation specialist for the University of California-San Diego Library’s Research Data Curation Program.

Kristen Palmiere is now head of access and delivery services in the Eugene McDermott Library at the University of Texas-Dallas.

Jill Parchuck has been appointed associate university librarian for Science, Social Science, and Medicine at the Yale University Library.

Alexander Rodriguez has been named reference librarian and liaison to the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the Eugene McDermott Library at the University of Texas-Dallas.

Peter J. Rolla has joined the University of California-San Diego Library as program director for content acquisitions and resource sharing.

Caitlin Shanley is now instruction librarian at Temple University’s Paley Library.

Matt Shoemaker has been named digital and web services librarian at Temple University Libraries.

Elizabeth Skene is now digital initiatives librarian at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Sarah Steiner has been named head of research and instruction services at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Elizabeth Surles is now archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies of the Rutgers University Libraries.

Timothy Thompson has been named metadata librarian, Spanish/Portuguese Specialty, at Princeton University Library.

Lily Todorinova is now the undergraduate experience librarian at the Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Joel Tonyan has been appointed assistant professor and systems and user experience librarian at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Allen Townsend has been appointed associate university librarian for Arts and Humanities at the Yale University Library.

Nancy Turner is now assessment and organizational performance librarian at Temple University Libraries.

Ray Uzwyshyn has been appointed director of collections and digital services at Texas State University Libraries.

Emilie Vrbancic has been appointed assistant professor and instructional services librarian at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.


Deborah A. Carver, Philip H. Knight dean of libraries at University of Oregon (UO), has retired. Carver began her career at UO as assistant university librarian for public services in 1990, and became dean of libraries in 2002. Her leadership also extended to service within the Oregon Library Association, for which she was awarded Librarian of the Year in 1999 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2014.

Deborah A. Carver

Vicki Croft, head of Washington State University’s Animal Health Library, has retired.

Gail Z. Eckwright, librarian and professor at the University of Idaho, has retired after 37 years. She served as research librarian and liaison to the College of Engineering. Eckwright also retires as University of Idaho’s faculty secretary, where she was responsible for overseeing and supporting shared governance at the university.

Jay Lambrecht, associate university librarian at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC), has retired. Lambrecht first joined the UIC library as catalog librarian in 1986. In 1998, he became coordinator of technical services, and, in 2002, he took on the role of associate university librarian and associate dean. In his career at UIC, Lambrecht helped lead the library’s implementation of two library management systems eliminating many manual workflows in the process; oversaw the reorganization and merger of many units; implemented the liaison program creating the new Research Services and Resources Department; and led major facilities projects that have transformed the aesthetics and use of the Daley Library. During his tenure at UIC, Lambrecht was also very active in library, faculty, and campus committees. He was promoted and granted tenure in 1992 and has served on the library’s P&T Committee, Appointments Committee, and Executive Committee. Lambrecht has been an engaged professional participating actively in the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), serving on numerous committees within the Cataloging and Classification Section. He also served a term as a member of the Library Resources & Technical Services editorial board, the premier peer-reviewed journal of ALCTS. He published several articles and chapters and a monograph in 1992 on minimal level cataloging standards. Lambrecht was a fellow in the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in 2006 and a fellow in the Research Libraries Leadership Program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (2011–12).

Victoria A. Montavon has retired after 12 years as dean and university librarian of the University of Cincinnati Libraries. Prior to her appointment at University of Cincinnati, Montavon was university librarian at Wright State University and St. Joseph’s University. Earlier she held administrative library posts at Rider University, Temple University, Lindenwood College, Carlow College, and Notre Dame College of Ohio. Montavon was a leader in library consortia throughout her career, most recently at OhioLINK. She also served on the ACRL Board of Directors (1994–98).

Penelope Myers has retired from Temple University Libraries after 30 years, the last 27 of which she spent as the head of access services at Paley Library. Myers began her career in librarianship at the Rochester Institute of Technology as a part-time reference librarian in the Zahn Library, which has since closed. Later that year, she moved to the circulation department, and within three years was department head to all of access services.

Gary B. Thompson is retiring after 44 years as an academic librarian serving Ohio Northern University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, at Cleveland State University, and most recently Siena College. At the state level he was heavily involved on boards and committees for OhioLINK, NYLINK, NYSHEI, and ConnectNY. For ACRL, his committee work included C&RL News, Choice, and ACRL New Publications. He wrote reviews and articles for Choice, Magazines for Libraries, and Books for College Libraries. He contributed papers, presentations, and poster sessions on information literacy and reference services to national and international conferences, books, and journals.


Robert H. Patterson, 77, former library administrator, has died. Patterson worked at Tulane University from 1965 to 1970 and from 1973 to 1976. He also served as head of special collections cataloging at the Humanities Research Center (now Harry Ransom Center) at the University of Texas-Austin (1970–73). He was director of the University of Wyoming Library (1976–81), and dean of libraries at the University of Tulsa (1981–98). Patterson was hailed by colleagues as a pioneer and leader in the library preservation movement, and was the founding editor and publisher of Conservation Administration News (1979–94). He held leadership roles on numerous regional and national library committees and boards, including the AMIGOS Bibliographic Council, ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Ad Hoc Ethics Committee, and Society for Scholarly Publishing. He was a founding member of the Oklahoma Research & Community Libraries consortium, president of the Oklahoma chapter of ACRL, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Library Advisory Committees.

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