Caitlin Birch has been appointed the digital collections and oral history archivist at Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. This newly created position coordinates and manages borndigital manuscripts and archival records as well as overseeing the library’s oral history program, which involves planning, managing, and implementing oral history projects. Heather Briston recently was appointed the university archivist at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Previously she was head of public services for UCLA Library Special Collections. Prior to UCLA, she worked as the Richard and Mary Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist at the University of Oregon. Tom Hyry will begin his appointment this September as the Florence Fearrington Librarian at Houghton Library, Harvard University. He will lead Houghton’s collections, programs, and operations and will sustain and expand the library’s ongoing efforts in acquisition, curatorship, service, and outreach. He currently is director of special collections at the library of the University of California, Los Angeles. Beth Kaplan recently joined George Washington University Libraries as the associate university librarian for Special Collections, Archives, and the Global Resources Center. Kaplan previously worked at the University of Minnesota, where she headed the archives and codirected the successful establishment of the institutional repository, the University Digital Conservancy. Joan Schwartz has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant for her project “Picturing Canada: Photographic Images and Geographical Imaginings in British North America, 1839–1889.” The project aims to update and expand understanding of the history of photography in Canada and the contribution of photographic images to geographical imaginings about Canada. Dr. Fred Stielow was recently named dean emeritus of the American Public University System, a fully online institution offering educational programs to adult learners. Stielow retired in early 2014 after ten years of service to the university as vice president and dean of libraries. Stielow also will be named an SAA Fellow at the 2014 CoSA/NAGARA/SAA Joint Annual Meeting. Alden N. Monroe has retired from the Alabama Department of Archives and History after serving in numerous positions since 1985, most recently as the head of collection management. Monroe has been responsible for overseeing the registration, processing, and preservation of state, local, and private records, photographs, state publications, maps, audiovisual materials, museum artifacts, and rare books and serials. He supervised a staff of four to twenty-four permanent employees as well as numerous students, interns, and volunteers. Monroe has made important contributions to the profession, particularly in the area of arrangement and description for government records. He was a leading participant in the early work of the Research Libraries Group to include state government records in the Research Library Information Network (RLIN) catalog, which involved finding creative ways to adapt government records descriptive practices to meet the developing overall standards for archival description and automated access. In addition to being named an SAA Fellow, Monroe served on a range of SAA groups, including the Description Section, the Committee on Goals and Priorities, the Technical Subcommittee on Descriptive Standards, and the Program Committee, as well as chairing the Appointments and Host committees. Monroe also has been an important force in the archival community in the South and Alabama, serving as an active member of the Society of Alabama Archivists as well as its president. It has been my pleasure and honor to work with Monroe since November 1985. He was much more than a supervisor; he was a mentor. Monroe is perceptive, collegial in approach, and generous in nature. We at the Alabama Department of Archives and History wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement. —Mike Breedlove, Alabama Department of Archives and History
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