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Peterson-Sloss, Celeste, Computers in Libraries


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"As the demand for more professional staff in academic and public libraries intensifies, a larger percentage of the annual graduates of LIS programs may opt for employment in corporate libraries or for nontraditiona careers ... where they perceive tie starting salary as better than those offered in other types of libraries,"

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville announced that Otis H.Stephens Jr., a UT professor, and Mary T. Stephens, his wife, have now fully funded an endowment that will make library resources more accessible to students with visual and other physical disabilities. The Stephenses, both blind since birth, established the Otis H. and Mary T. Stephens Library Endowment during the university's 21st Century Campaign in 1997. The income from it will purchase new technology and equipment for the UT Libraries, such as reading machines and low-vision aids.

Currently, Otis Stephens is alumni distinguished service professor of political science and resident scholar of constitutional law at UT's College of Law. he is the author of books and articles on the subject of constitutional law. he holds a B.A. and an M.A. in political science from the University of Georgia, a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Mary Stephens is former editor of The Braille Forum, the official publication of the American Council of the Blind, and a past member of the board of directors of the Rochester Association of the Blind. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester in New York, where she majored in Spanish. After that, she spent a year at the University of Madrid doing postgraduate studies in Spanish literature.

Otis Stephens is a member of the American Foundation for the Blind's board of trustees, and past president of both the American Council of the Blind and the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped.

The American Library Association announced that Janet Swan Hill and Nann Blaine Hilyard have been elected to its executive board. They will each serve a 3-year term beginning in June 2004.

Hill is a professor and associate director for technical services at the University of Colorado Libraries in Boulder. She was an ALA councilor at large and has served on association committees, including chairing the ALA Committee on Organization and the American Libraries Advisory Committee. Hill is an active member and past president of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. She holds a B.A. in geology from Vassar College and an M.A. in librarianship from the University of Denver.

Hilyard is director of the Zion-Benton Public Library in Zion, Ill. She is a member of ALA and has served one term as an ALA chapter councilor and two terms as councilor at large. Hilyard is a member of the Public Library Association and a past president of the PLA Small and Medium-Sized Libraries section. She was a delegate to the 1991 White House Conference on Libraries and Information Science and served on its task force. HiIyard holds a B.A. and an M.A. in library science from the University of Missouri.

In other news from ALA, Sanford Berman and Norman Horrocks have received ALA's honorary membership, an honor conferred in recognition of contributions of lasting importance to libraries and librarianship. …

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