February 2002

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On December 31, 2001, Beth Listerman worked her last day at the
CAMLS office after 17 years of service to our member libraries.

Beth began at CAMLS in November of 1984 and has worked with five different CAMLS directors (and Millie Fry as an Interim Director) at four different locations. In the early days it was just Beth, Nancy Wareham, and Lou Adrian working in a very small office at the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, where CAMLS had just purchased its first computer!

Since then, Beth has been instrumental in getting our association management software up and running. Beth's contribution has been critical to the success of the Annual Support Staff Conference, the Library Leadership Ohio Institute, and the smooth running of 40-60 continuing education workshops each year. Compare that to the nine-class schedule CAMLS offered back in 1984 and it is clear that Beth has seen her share of growth and change in the organization!

Beth, and her husband, Bruce, who are ardent curlers, plan many trips to curling tournaments all over the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

We all miss Beth and wish her joy in her retirement!

Jeff French, deputy director of the Euclid Public Library, will receive the "2002
Alumnus of the Year Award" from the Kent State University. He will accept his award at the school's annual "Alumni and Friends, Honors and Awards Dinner" on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 in KSU's Rockwell Hall. French has been Deputy Director at Euclid Public Library since December 1998. Prior to that, he worked at Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library in Adult Services for 13 years and at Rocky River Public Library for 10 years. French has also played an instrumental role in the Ohio Library Council's Intellectual Freedom Committee since 1990 and served as committee chair for three years. During his term as chair, the committee won the 2000 SIRS State and Regional Achievement Award at the American Library Association's annual conference. Also, French was named to the American Library Association Freedom to Read Foundation "Roll of Honor" for his part in the creation of the committee's intellectual freedom program, "Meeting the Challenge."
We extend our congratulations to Jeff French for his latest professional distinction.

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