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Adam Rogers, emerging technology services librarian for the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries, has been awarded the first annual Library Staff Award for Advancement by the Board of Directors of the NCSU Friends of the Library for building relationships and partnerships that help to further the libraries’ advancement goals. In the process of helping to place the NCSU Libraries at the fore of the maker movement, Rogers has secured major funding from alumni, established technology partnerships with industry-leading corporations, developed close partnerships with units across the NCSU community, and supported his colleagues as they sought donations of equipment for key library projects.


John Danneker has been appointed director of the University of Washington Odegaard Undergraduate Library.

Katherine Furlong has been appointed university librarian, director of the Blough-Weis Library, and associate professor at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Previous professional positions include director, Access and Technical Services at Lafayette College, instruction coordinator, and reference librarian at Gettysburg College, and user education/electronic resources librarian at the University of Maine-Farmington. Furlong has participated in the Frye Leadership Institute (2011), the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute (2006), and the Institute for Information Literacy. She has written and presented extensively on library administration, management, and instruction. Furlong’s coedited book, Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studies, was published by ALA Editions in 2014. She has served as president of the local chapter of ACRL and is presently the president of the board of the Pennsylvania Interlibrary Delivery Service.

Mike Furlough has been named executive director for the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Stanley Wilder has been appointed dean of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Libraries. Wilder most recently served as university librarian at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte for five years. Prior to that period, he was in charge of Information Management Services at University of Rochester as assistant and later associate dean. This new position marks Wilder’s return to LSU, having served as an administrator with the LSU Libraries from 1989 to 1999.

Margaret Adeogun is now head of access services at the Robert E. Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

Peter Balestrieri has been appointed curator of science fiction and popular culture in Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa Libraries.

Joshua Been is now Social Science data librarian at University of Houston.

Mara Blake has joined the Stephen S. Clark Library at the University of Michigan as a spatial and numeric data librarian.

Kaila Bussert is now foundational experiences librarian at the Robert E. Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

Jake Carlson has accepted the position of research data services manager at the University of Michigan’s Stephen S. Clark Library.

Matthew Carruthers has joined the University of Michigan as a metadata projects librarian within the Technical Services Division of Collections.

Linda M. Cheresnowski has been appointed virtual learning and outreach/reference librarian at Clarion University Libraries.

Jamie Gray has been appointed associate director of administration and liaison services at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

Will Hansen has been appointed director of reader services and curator of Americana at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Kevin S. Hawkins has been appointed director of library publishing at the University of North Texas.

Jessica Holada has been named director for special collections and archives at the Robert E. Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

Ben Hunter was named associate dean and head of technical services at the University of Idaho.

Athena Jackson joined the University of Michigan Library as the associate director for special collections.

Patricia Johner has been appointed database management/bibliographic access and control librarian at Clarion University Libraries.

Julie Judkins is now principal archivist at the University of North Texas.

Hana Kim is now the head of the Asian Library at the University of British Columbia.

Gail Kouame has been appointed assistant director for HEALWA at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

Stephanie Lewin-Lane has been appointed coordinator of the Music Library at the University of Houston.

Carolyn Martin has been appointed consumer health outreach coordinator at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

Chase Masters now serves as an enabling technologies librarian with the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan.

Tasha L. McClain has been appointed government documents general librarian at the Louisiana State University Libraries.

Katie Monks has been appointed head of instruction services at the University of Washington-Tacoma Library.

Tashia Munson now serves as an access services librarian with the University of Michigan.

Robert Newell has been appointed web services coordinator at the University of Houston.

Carolyn Seaman has been appointed instruction librarian at the Saddleback College Library.

Rick Stoddard is now the new head of user and research services at University of Idaho.

Steve Van Tuyl is now data and digital repositories librarian at Oregon State University Libraries & Press.

Jerry Waller is now systems librarian at the Elon University Carol Grotnes Belk Library.

Charles Watkinson has been appointed associate university librarian for publishing and the director of the University of Michigan Press.

Maurice York is now the University of Michigan associate university librarian for Library Information Technology.


David L. Easterbrook, George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University since 1991, has retired. He held numerous leadership positions in ACRL including chairing AAMES (twice) and the International Relations Committee. In ALA, he served as Councilor at-Large and on the International Relations Committee. He also served in various capacities with the Center for Research Libraries, including the Cooperative Africana Microform Project, the Area Studies Council, and the Global Resources Program. Prior to Northwestern, he held positions at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Indiana University, and Syracuse University.

Michael LaCroix has retired from Creighton University’s Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library, after nearly 20 years as the director. During his four-decade career in librarianship, he held a variety of administrative positions in academic libraries in North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania before joining Creighton University. LaCroix has been active in various professional organizations at the national and state level, including ACRL, LLAMA, United for Libraries, North Carolina Library Association, and Nebraska Library Association. In addition, he served on the OCLC Users Council and Members Council as the NEBASE representative for eight years and currently is a Nebraska library commissioner.

Virginia S. O’Herron, university librarian at Old Dominion University, has retired. O’Herron joined the Old Dominion University as assistant university librarian for Public Services in 1993. During her 20 years with the university, she also served as assistant university librarian for information services, associate university librarian, and as acting university librarian. She was appointed university librarian in 2004. O’Herron has held leadership positions with ACRL and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), appointed twice as the chair of the ACRL Standards and Accreditation Committee, served as chair of the Planning Committee of the ACRL Distance Learning Section, and was elected chair of the LLAMA Library Organization and Management Section. She served on the VIVA (Virtual Library of Virginia) Steering Committee, the SCHEV State Council of Higher Education of Virginia Library Advisory Council, and the Virginia Tidewater Consortium of Higher Education Library Directors Committee. She also serves as an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Elaine Smyth has retired from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Libraries. Smyth joined the libraries in 1988, as head of the manuscripts processing unit, and went on to serve as curator of rare books, curator of Special Collections, and head of Special Collections (2006–11). Between 2011 and 2014, she served in the libraries’ central administration, including 16 months as interim dean. Before joining the LSU faculty, she was the rare book cataloger for Cornell University Libraries and worked for W. Thomas Taylor, Bookseller, in Austin, Texas.

Farideh Tehrani, preservation librarian at the Rutgers University Libraries in New Jersey, has retired. After a rich career with the Pahlavi Library, culminating in the directorship and the head of the planning office for the establishment of Iran’s National Library by the UNESCO National Commission, Tehrani settled in the United States and became head of lending services at William Paterson University in 1988. She joined Rutgers’ Alexander Library as head of access services in 1992. In 2003, she became acting associate director of the New Brunswick Libraries, responsible for liaison work with the undergraduate colleges and facilities. In 2006, Tehrani became preservation librarian and liaison to the Middle Eastern Studies department. A special achievement was the development of a partnership between the Rutgers Libraries and the Beth Mardutho Library in Piscataway, a significant research collection of materials in Syriac Studies. This partnership has created the eBethArké digital library, enabling these rich resources to be made available digitally with accompanying digital tools for scholars and others.

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