Beaumont Library’s longest serving director retires after 27 years

From Record Gazette

” At its regular meeting on April 27, the Beaumont Library District Board of Trustees accepted the retirement of longtime Director, Clara J. DiFelice, effective April 10. Principal Librarian Luren Dickinson was appointed as the new Director, effective May 1.DiFelice, a native of New York State, obtained her MLIS degree from the University of Buffalo in 1978. Her early professional positions were with academic libraries, including Oakland University in Michigan and Washington & Lee University in Virginia. She worked for Palm Springs Public Library in the late 1980s before becoming Beaumont Library District’s Director in August 1990. Less than 15,000 people lived in the library service district of Beaumont and Cherry Valley when DiFelice started and now that number has grown to 70,000. Major accomplishments during her tenure were the elimination of the card catalog when the collection was first barcoded and the circulation of materials was first automated in 1993. Public computers were added through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.”