Category Archives: Elections

Meet the Candidates: Mark Emmons

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2016 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2016 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 3 — 14. 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 15.

MarkEmmonsMark Emmons is Associate Dean of Public Services at the University of New Mexico University Libraries & Learning Sciences in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a 2016 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Vice-President/ President-Elect.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Student. Teacher. Collaborator.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently co-teaching a course in organizational leadership and so am rereading some of my favorite theorists in James MacGregor Burns on transformational leadership, Robert Greenleaf on servant leadership, and Peter Senge on system leadership and am beginning to delve more deeply into the ideas underlying authentic leadership.

For pleasure, I have lately found myself reading science fiction over my favorite genre of fantasy, including The Water Knife, which is the latest novel set in the near dystopian future Paolo Bacigalupi introduced in his brilliant novel The Windup Girl, Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, and The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. I have also found myself disappointed in Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman because she took Atticus in a direction that jarred my impressions from the beloved To Kill a Mockingbird.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Educating. Advocating. Connecting.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? ACRL is its members! We benefit individually and the profession benefits collectively because we contribute. I think ACRL works so well because we promote collaboration and fellowship, we advance careers through continuing education, we share best practices, we nurture leadership, and we advocate for academic librarianship and intellectual freedom. And we do so with the brilliant partnership of ACRL staff. The greatest value I have taken away from ACRL are the many wonderful colleagues I have met and the many valuable ideas I have taken back to my workplace.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I was recently named Associate Dean of Public Services in the College of University Libraries & Learning Services at the University of New Mexico. Public Services is responsible for all aspects of the library that support student and faculty learning and research. We actively engage students and faculty. We teach students how to conduct research. We provide help with student and faculty information needs. We build and provide access to collections to support research. We provide spaces that facilitate collaboration and learning and the production of knowledge. My contribution is to support the many amazing UNM library public services faculty and staff as they foster student success and partner in faculty teaching and research.

6. In your own words: Academic and research librarians live in a world of change and uncertainty and opportunity. When I was nominated as a candidate for ACRL vice-president/president-elect, I began speaking to ACRL colleagues about what they would like to see from ACRL and I found that their concerns echoed many of the concerns we face in my library. Librarians want to understand and adapt to changing student demographics and communication preferences, to understand the user experience, to foster knowledge creation, and to build partnerships across campus and with their community to better serve students and faculty, all while upholding the fundamental mission of connecting people with knowledge and educating students. Librarians want to recruit the best and the brightest, to weave the traditional core services with new emerging services, and to build human, social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Librarians want to learn skills in areas such as leadership and management, instructional design, digital collections, scholarly communication, assessment and data analysis, data management, data visualization, geographic information systems, and technological skills.

Librarians see ACRL as a place that can help them deal with the changes in higher education and librarianship. Specifically, librarians would like to see ACRL orient and support new members, sustain membership throughout the course of their careers, and to nurture leadership; to continue to advocate for the value of academic libraries, the library profession, and our fundamental values; and to infuse the value of diversity into everything we do. Like the librarians I interviewed, I believe that ACRL is ideally situated to help academic librarians seize opportunity out of change and uncertainty and I am interested in helping to make that possible.

ACRL Presidential Candidates Online Forum

The 2016 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect will participate in an open online forum at 11 a.m. CDT on Monday, March 7. Come hear Mark Emmons and Cheryl Middleton discuss their platforms and vision for ACRL. Emmons is associate dean of public services at the University of New Mexico, and Middleton is associate university librarian for learning and engagement at Oregon State University Libraries & Press. This online forum is an opportunity for ACRL members to ask questions of the two candidates.

Access to the forum will be available approximately 15 minutes before the start time through Adobe Connect. Audio archives of the candidates answering prepared questions will also be available on ACRL Insider a few days before the forum.

More information on the 2016 ACRL election, including links to candidate statements from C&RL News and a full slate of candidates for ACRL section offices, is available on the ACRL website.

Voting in the 2016 ALA/ ACRL election begins on March 15. We strongly encourage you to help shape the future of your associations by casting a ballot for the candidates of your choice!

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.


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


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


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


  • 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.

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