Noted & Quoted

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Noted & Quoted


Peterson-Sloss, Celeste, Computers in Libraries


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The University of CaliforniaIrvine (UCI) announced that Donald Been has been awarded its Presidential Medal in honor of his contributions to the school and to higher education. According to the announcement, the medal is the university's highest honor. UCI has also announced that its School of Information and Computer Science will be renamed the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

Bren, chairman of The Irvine Co., made a $20 million gift to the school, which will provide funds to create 10 endowed chairs for distinguished faculty and for other school support.

Bren holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from the University of Washington.

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) announced that Anne Woodsworth has joined the library as learning systems adviser. In this role, she will coordinate BPL's Learning in Libraries project, a 3-year initiative funded by The Wallace Foundation to support and expand programs for youth during non-school hours.

Prior to this, Woodsworth was the Katharine Gibbs School's provost and Pratt Institute's acting provost. Previously, she served as dean of the School of Information and Library Science and dean and professor of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. She is a past president of the Association of Research Libraries, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services.

Woodsworth holds a bachelor's and a master's of library science from the University of Toronto, and a doctorate of philosophy in education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Greenwood Electronic Media has announced that its Authors4Teens.com was included in the Association for Library Service to Children's 2004 list of Notable Computer Software and Online Subscription Services for children. The database lets teens read interviews with authors, conduct research, and gain insight into writing. Also included are photo galleries of the authors; a bibliography; and a list of awards, reviews, and upcoming appearances.

The New York Public Library announced that Susan Kent has been appointed director and chief executive of the branch libraries at NYPL. In this position, she will advance developing initiatives such as the continuing integration of technology into traditional library service, the ongoing renovation of branch facilities, and the cooperation with city schools.

Most recently, Kent was Los Angeles Public Library's city librarian, responsible for the overall administration of the system. Before this, she held positions in several public libraries including the Minneapolis Public Library, Arizona's Tucson Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley, N.Y. She began her career at The New York Public Library in 1965.

Since 1999, Kent has worked with the Bertelsmann Foundation's International Network of Public Libraries, an organization that supports international public library development. She is also a member of the Council on Library and Information Resources'board of directors.

Kent holds a degree in English literature from SUNY-Binghamton and an M.L.I.S. from Columbia University.

ALA has announced three election results.

Michael German, dean of library services at California State University-Fresno's Henry Madden Library, has been elected ALA president for the 2005-2006 term. …

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