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Francine Fialkoff Leaves Library Journal

After 35 years at the magazine, Library Journal editor-in-chief Francine Fialkoff is leaving.

In her farewell editorial, Fialkoff said she will “turn to new challenges in the library world” after her September 1 departure. LJ’s executive editor Michael Kelley will serve as interim editor-in-chief.

Here’s more from the company: “She helped put LJ on the map as a major player in library building and design, with, among other things, the launch of a biannual Library by Design tabloid as well as a popular Design Institute event series now in its 11th cycle. And she has been involved in the creation of awards, including Best Small Library in America Award, the LJ Teaching Award, and the new LibraryAware Award, as well as enhancing the impact of the annual Library of the Year and Librarian of the Year awards. She has also overseen the launch into important original research such as Patron Profiles; the integration of webcasts; and the launch of LJ’s widely read enewsletters. ”

Fialkoff has had an extraordinary career at LJ spanning 35 years, with over 15 years at its helm (as editor and editor-in-chief). Under her leadership, LJ moved from a print magazine to a multiplatform entity. Effective immediately, .

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