2023 ESS Retirements

ESS Newsletter

2023, Vol 3


Agnes Haigh Widder
André G. Wenzel

Agnes will be retiring from Michigan State University after 44 years. Her work with and for ESS has been much appreciated over the years and her contributions will be missed. We wish her a very happy retirement!

She began her library career as a student assistant shelving books and working at the circulation/reserves desk, and joined the Michigan State University Reference Library in 1979.

In 1984, she earned her MA in history and became responsible for British history/studies; in 1994, she added collection/liaison responsibilities for French studies (except Africa), medieval/Renaissance studies, and religious studies. Eventually, she had a secondary assignment in Special Collections. She did a number of exhibits, including one on Wordsworth in 2019.

She was on the RECAP committee that wrote Handbook chapters on Goals and Objectives and developed the RECAP evaluation system. She reviews books and has authored articles.  

Agnes will miss her colleagues, her collection areas, her liaison work, and helping patrons in her areas.  

In her retirement, Agnes thinks she might resume a couple of research projects.  There is always good work needing to be done in the community, and domesticity, gardening, reading, travel, and music.

André G. Wenzel
North American Representative; AMALivre