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Reception June 16: Longtime head of health library retires

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

Bob-Pringle-in-hat-webSPOKANE, Wash. – Bob Pringle, nursing and pharmacy librarian and director of Washington State University’s Spokane Academic Library, retires July 1 after 35 years at WSU. A reception will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, in the Spokane Academic Center 501. » More …

Reception Dec. 18: Library duo Kay and Lou Vyhnanek retire

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

Lou-and-Kay-Vyhnanek-220PULLMAN, Wash. – With a combined 65 years of service to Washington State University Libraries, husband and wife Lou and Kay Vyhnanek will retire Friday, Dec. 19. A reception will be 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in Terrell Library atrium. » More …

Reception Dec. 12: ‘Renaissance librarian’ Eileen Brady retires

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

Brady-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Not every librarian can say she met Peter Graves on the set of the “Mission: Impossible” TV show during the late 1960s in Hollywood or that she helped bring an infamous book thief to justice. But Washington State University’s Eileen Brady has done both – and much more. » More …

May 30: ‘Queen of networking’ librarian retirement party

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

Croft-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Former Washington State University pharmacy librarian Sarah McCord literally had just rolled into town, U-Haul trailing behind her, when she learned about the impressive reach of Vicki Croft, head of WSU’s Animal Health Library (AHL).

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Garden of readin’

Jade plants, ferns, Christmas cacti, philodendrons, dieffenbachias and hoyas line the windowsills of Fischer Agricultural Science Library at WSU Pullman, thanks to Rhonda Gaylord, Fischer’s library specialist and resident gardener.In a small library with limited staff, Gaylord’s job tasks are broad, including working at the circulation desk, processing reserve materials, checking in journals, overseeing binding and helping patrons with reference questions. Gaylord also has added her own task — caring for the 91 plants that call Fischer Library home.“Libraries can be intimidating places,” Gaylord said. “Plants give the library a soft, homey touch.”What began in 1990 as one plant donated to the library by a … » More …

Holland librarian honored for community commitment

Alice Spitzer is not the stereotype of a shy librarian, lifting her nose out of a book just long enough to shush talkative students. A humanities and social sciences librarian at Holland Library since 1975, she says librarians are interesting people.She should know. Spitzer is an experienced world traveler who is multilingual, people-friendly, service-oriented and has an extraordinary commitment to public service and the Pullman community. She has been places and done things that people usually just read about. And she is a member, contributor and participant of more than seven community organizations.From hand-sewing most of the Renaissance costumes each year for WSU’s Madrigal Singers … » More …