Nancy E. Gwinn, Director of the Smithsonian Libraries, received an honorary doctoral degree from University of Wyoming on May 11. It is the university’s highest award, and is given annually to individuals recognized internationally as leaders in their professions.
I was saddened to learn that Russell Shank, 86, appointed by Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley as the first director of the Smithsonian Libraries, died June 26 of complications from a fall. The 1978–1979 president of the American Library Association, he had been attending its 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim at the time of his death, and was among the library leaders acknowledged at the June 21 Library Champions and Past Presidents Reception.
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