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Ann-Christe Galloway

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Kimberly Anderson has been named archivist at the Iowa State University Library.

Nicole Bouché has been appointed librarian for the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University.

Amanda C. R. Clark has been named director of the library at Whitworth University’s Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library.

Julia Corrin has joined Carnegie Mellon University Libraries as the university archivist, responsible for the administration and management of Carnegie Mellon University Archives, located in Hunt Library. Corrin comes to Pittsburgh from Arkansas State University, where she was the political collections archivist.

Evangela Q. Oates is now director of library services at SUNY-Sullivan County Community College.

Celia Rabinowitz is now dean of Mason Library at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. She spent 22 years at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the last 12 as director of the library.

Michael Bobb has been named science and technology librarian at the Iowa State University Library.

Orolando Duffus has been appointed diversity resident in the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Annie Gaines is now scholarly communications librarian at the University of Idaho.

Emily Ginier has been appointed informationist at the Taubman Health Sciences Library of the University of Michigan.

Lindsey Hobbs has been appointed collections conservator in the Preservation Department at Princeton University Library.

Axa Mei Liauw has been appointed library web developer at Princeton University Library.

Kelly Macelroy has been named the student engagement and community outreach librarian for the Valley Library at Oregon State University.

Tom Marini is now associate director of the McLeod Business Library at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary.

Bronwen Maxson is now the Humanities librarian at the Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis University Library.

Dawn Mick has been named resource sharing and acquisitions management librarian at the Iowa State University Library.

Hayley Moreno is now resource description coordinator at the University of Houston.

Moriah Neils has been appointed preservation librarian at the University of Washington Libraries.

Caitlin Pollock is the digital humanities librarian for the Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis University Library Center for Digital Scholarship.

Ingrid Ruffin has been named student success librarian for first year programs at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Libraries.

Anna Sandelli has joined the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Libraries as student success librarian for undergraduate user experience.

Rachel Schimke has been named public policy papers project archivist at Princeton University’s Mudd Library.

Timothy Thompson is now metadata librarian, Spanish/Portuguese specialty, at Princeton University Library.


Marianne I. Gaunt, university librarian at Rutgers University in New Jersey, will retire this month. She started working at Rutgers in 1979 as a reference librarian in the Alexander Library. In the decades that followed she became circulation librarian, director of the humanities and social sciences libraries, associate university librarian for research and undergraduate services, then acting university librarian. She was appointed university librarian in 1997, and in 2008 she was promoted to vice president for information services and university librarian. Gaunt takes particular pride in a number of major Rutgers University Libraries’ accomplishments during her tenure. Libraries personnel played critical roles in the development and adoption of two far-reaching policies at the university—a copyright policy adopted in 2007 and an open access policy adopted in 2012. The libraries have established itself as a leader within the state’s academic libraries, helping to establish the Virtual Academic Library Environment of New Jersey consortium, and also is an active supporter of national efforts to develop an open source integrated library system.

Laila Miletic-Vejzovic, head of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) has retired after six years leading the department. Her first position was as the rare book cataloger at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Before joining UCF, Miletic-Vejzovic was the head of Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections at Washington State University-Pullman’s Holland & Terrell Libraries. During her tenure at the John C. Hitt Library, Miletic-Vejzovic acquired many notable materials to support the six areas of collection for the UCF SCUA, including a first edition of Zora Neale Huston’s eight book Moses: Man on the Mountain, for the Floridiana collection; a Spanish Antiphonary of the Catholic Ritual Music for the first Sunday of Advent, ca. 1600, for the Rare Books Collection; and for the Travel & Tourism collection, the papers of George Millay, founder of Wet & Wild. Miletic-Vejzovic has served on such committees as the Security Committee and Publications & Communications Committee of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of ACRL. Miletic-Vejzovic is recognized in the “Who’s Who in Sciences in Croatia,” an e-project of the Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports promoting Croatian academics in Croatia and abroad. She taught at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Zadar in Croatia for many years.

Steven Sowell, department head for collections and resource sharing at Oregon State University Libraries and Press has retired. He has had an illustrious career of 38 years in the library profession, most of which was spent at Indiana University before he joined Oregon State in 2011.

Steven Sowell

Joan Stein has retired from her position as principal librarian for assessment, marketing, and training at Carnegie Mellon University. Stein received a Library Assessment Career Achievement Award from the Association of Research Libraries in August 2014. Stein has also been honored with the 2004 OCLC/Virginia Boucher Distinguished Interlibrary Loan Librarian Award and the 1990 K. G. Saur Award for Best College & Research Libraries Article of the Year, for “Library Jargon: Student Comprehension of Technical Language Used by Librarians” (1989). Stein has served on the editorial board of Performance Measurement and Metrics since 1998, and has chaired the ALA Library Research Round Table. Her most significant contributions in the field of library assessment have been as a participant in the Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, where she has been a presenter, keynote speaker, and member of the editorial board. Her role as a host in helping to bring the Fourth Northumbria Conference to the United States in 2001 was a catalyst for developing the library assessment community in North America.

Joan Weber, director of library and media Services at Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) for the past 22 years, has retired. Weber served the Washington Library Association in various capacities, including several years on the Board as director, vice-president, and three years as president. Most recently, she was represented community colleges on the Legislative Committee. Prior to working at YVCC, she worked as the first director of Pend Oreille County Library, Spokane Public Library, Spokane County Library, Washington State University Library in Pullman, and director of Northeastern Junior College in Colorado.


Eileen Bell-Garrison, dean of library services at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, has died. Bell-Garrison had been dean of the library from 2002 to the present, prior to that she was assistant dean for automation and prior to that department head and cataloging librarian at Gonzaga. During her time as dean, she was instrumental in the formation of the Washington Idaho Network (WIN), a multi-type consortium of libraries in eastern Washington and North Idaho. She served as WIN board president and as past president of the Inland Northwest Council of Libraries.

Eileen Bell-Garrison

Julia Claire Blixrud, assistant executive director for scholarly communication at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and a champion for open access to information, has died. Blixrud began her library career in 1979 as coordinator for OCLC services at the Minitex library network at the University of Minnesota. In 1983, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she became project manager of the grant-funded CONSER A&I Coverage Project at ARL. She was appointed in 1986 to head the National Serials Data Program at the Library of Congress. In 1991, she became a program officer at the Council on Library Resources. She moved in 1995 to the CAPCON Library Network, where she was director of training and education for one year. Blixrud joined the ARL staff in 1996 and during the past 18 years she worked with many of ARL’s programs, including Statistics and Assessment; Research, Teaching, and Learning; Leadership Development and the former Office of Leadership and Management Services; Visiting Program Officers; Diversity Programs; and Scholarly Communication. From 1999 to 2009, Blixrud also served as the assistant director for public programs at SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). In 2009, she became ARL’s assistant executive director for scholarly communication and assumed responsibility for supporting ARL’s long history of leadership in promoting positive change in the scholarly communication system. Blixrud received the 2007 CSA/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.

Charles Thomas Payne has died. Payne was a pioneer and major contributor to the field of library information technology. He held various positions at the University of Chicago Library and retired as assistant director in 1992.

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