Category Archives: Elections

2016 ACRL Board of Directors Candidates

ACRL is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the association’s Board of Directors for the 2016 ALA/ACRL elections.

Vice-President/President-Elect:

  • Mark Emmons: Associate Dean of Public Services, University of New Mexico
  • Cheryl Middleton: Associate University Librarian for Learning & Engagement, Oregon State University

Director-at-Large:

  • Jennifer Nutefall: University Librarian, Santa Clara University
  • Emily Daly: Head of Assessment & User Experience Department and Librarian for Education, Duke University

Director-at-Large:

  • Caroline Fuchs: Associate Professor and Outreach Librarian, St. John’s University
  • Nancy Weiner: Assistant Director for Access & Information Services, William Paterson University

Councilor:

  • Lynn Silipigni Connaway: Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research
  • LeRoy LaFleur: Associate Director of Library Services, Tufts University

A full list of candidates for ACRL and section offices will be available in the January 2016 issue of C&RL News.

2015 ACRL Election Results

Irene HeroldIrene M. H. Herold, university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, and assume the presidency in July 2016 for a one-year term.

Beth McNeil, associate dean of the Purdue University Libraries, and Lori J. Ostapowicz-Critz, head of faculty engagement department at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

Full 2015 election results will be available Monday, May 11, on the ACRL website.

Congratulations to those elected and many thanks to the dedicated members willing to stand for office.

May 8 Update: Division election results (PDF) are now available on the ALA website.

Meet the Candidates: Jon E. Cawthorne

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2015 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2015 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 13 — 20. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 24.

Jon CawthorneJon E. Cawthorne is the Dean of Libraries at the West Virginia University Libraries in Morgantown, West Virginia, and a 2015 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Learner, Positive, Communicator.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? How Universities Work by John V. Lombardi; Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier; The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure and the Search for Mastery by Sarah Lewis; and the On Being podcast, interviews by Krista Tippett.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaboration, Networking, Future.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL for the energy, network, and ability to think broadly with colleagues about positioning academic libraries toward the future. I appreciate ACRL’s committees, programs, and publications that focus on leadership development. The association is the right place for all of us to explore the exciting opportunities that build an inspiring, strong, and sustainable future within higher education.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am privileged every day to work as Dean of Libraries at West Virginia University. I believe my encouragement, communication, and positive outlook with staff at all levels creates a learning environment. I am especially excited about the opportunities to support our University Press. Externally, I work with every dean to position the library and the press to support the work of this land-grant institution that has become more important than ever to the state of West Virginia.

6. In your own words: I love my job, the WVU Libraries, and the state of West Virginia. I have equal passion for diversifying the academic library profession and creating pathways to leadership. Although I’ve learned from many library environments (academic, public and special), my career began by asking, how does one get to be a Dean of Libraries? Imagine how grateful I am not only to serve in the position, but to work with talented people to build on the incredible opportunities at West Virginia University Libraries and Press.

Candidates Forum Recording Available

The 2015 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect participated in an open online forum on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Scott Walter and Irene M.H. Herold discussed their platforms and vision for ACRL and fielded questions from the audience. Walter is university librarian at DePaul University, and Herold is university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

A recording of the forum is now available.

Complete information on the 2015 ACRL election, including links to candidate statements from C&RL News, a podcast interview with the candidates for vice-president/ president-elect, profile of Board of Directors candidates, and a full slate of candidates for ACRL section offices, is available on the ACRL website.

Voting in the 2015 ALA/ ACRL election begins on Tuesday, March 24. We strongly encourage you to help shape the future of your associations by casting a ballot for the candidates of your choice!

Meet the Candidates: Beth McNeil

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2015 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2015 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 13 — 20. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 24.

Beth McNeilBeth McNeil is Associate Dean of the Purdue University Libraries in West Lafayette, Indiana, and is a 2015 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, knowledgeable, optimistic.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Dear White People by Justin Simien, and Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change by Daniel Mack and Gary White; and listening to Invisibilia, with Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller (NPR podcast).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, connected, resourceful.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? I value very much the resources and expertise made available to me through my ACRL membership. ACRL programming and publications are always first-rate and advance librarianship. Through participation on ACRL committees I feel I have been able to make an impact in higher education.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? On my campus I find ways to connect the work of our libraries and librarians with the teaching and research initiatives taking place each day in the academic departments and through student success units. My role is to facilitate these connections and to build partnerships and collaborations, around our collections and services, that advance student information literacy that will enable our students to be successful academically and in their professional careers and support faculty in new modes of scholarship and open access to research.

6. In your own words: Life as an academic/research librarian is always changing, challenging, and full of interesting opportunities. In 25+ years I have never once regretted my career choice.  My career has been energized by student curiosity and eagerness to learn and faculty commitment to teaching, both of which give me confidence in the future.

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