Library People News for August: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Nicole Cooke wins the Illinois Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Award, Jason Griffey is the NISO Director of Strategic Initiatives, Jane Sánchez is named the Library of Congress's new Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the August 2019 issue of Library Journal.

Nicole Cooke

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) ­Intellectual Freedom Committee awarded the 2019 ILA Intellectual ­Freedom Award to Nicole Cooke, recently appointed the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia (and a 2007 LJ Mover & Shaker [M&S]).

Yolanda Cooper has been promoted to Dean and University Librarian for Emory University; she began her new role on July 1. Cooper has served as Emory’s University Librarian since 2014.

The National Information Standards ­Organization (NISO) has appointed ­Jason Griffey (a 2009 M&S) as the ­Director of Strategic Initiatives on the NISO staff. For the last five years, Griffey has run the library tech consulting firm Evenly Distributed.

Lauren Moore
Lauren Moore

Lauren Moore, most recently Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System, serving Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, and Livingston Counties, NY, has been ­appointed Assistant Commissioner for ­Libraries and New York State Librarian, effective August 1.

Jane Sánchez, the Law Librarian of ­Congress since 2017, has been named the Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services, effective June 10. Sánchez will continue to serve as Law Librarian concurrently.

Tracy Strobel, deputy director of Cuyahoga County Public Library since 2005, will succeed Sari Feldman as ­Executive Director. Feldman retired from her position on August 2.

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