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Goodbye and Hello to Special Collections Librarians


APL Special Collections Librarian retires

Special Collections Librarian Michael Catoggio retired at the end of December after a two-year stint as the Alaskana Librarian and the Humanities Librarian. Catoggio worked at Anchorage Municipal Libraries from 1982-1984 and 1993-2002 as the Alaskana Librarian and the Humanities Librarian. He was a law librarian for the Alaska Court system from 1984 - 1993. Catoggio served as president of the Alaska Library Association from 2003-2005.

An engaging teacher, Catoggio shared his extensive experience in reference work as an Assistant Professor at the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 2002-2005. Catoggio received his Master's in Library Science at the Albany campus of the State University of New York in 1975. He received his undergraduate degree with a major in history from the State University of New York at New Paltz in the 1970s.

Longtime APL Employee Selected to Head Special Collections

Doug McAllister is the new Special Collections Librarian at Anchorage Public Library. McAllister, a longtime APL staff member, began his librarian career at the Mountain View branch in 1995.

During his 15 years at APL, McAllister has worn many hats. He was in charge of government documents in the Alaska collection for five years. When that position was eliminated, he spent two years as a youth services librarian at the Chugach-Eagle River Branch, where he did everything from staffing the desk to doing story times for preschoolers.

McAllister received his Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island in 1995. His undergraduate education in anthropology and history at University of Alaska Anchorage serves him well as the Special Collections Librarian.

McAllister is passionate about arctic studies and Alaska. He enjoys skiing, kayaking, biking and hiking.

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