Category Archives: Elections

ACRL Presidential Candidates Online Forum

The 2015 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect will participate in an open online forum at 2 p.m. Central on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Scott Walter and Irene M.H. Herold will discuss their platforms and vision for ACRL and field questions from the audience. Walter is university librarian at DePaul University, and Herold is university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Access to the forum will be available approximately 15 minutes before the start time through Adobe Connect at

More information on the 2015 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 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!

2015 ACRL Board of Directors Candidates

ACRL is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the association’s Board of Directors for the 2015 ALA/ACRL elections.


  • Scott Walter: University Librarian, DePaul University
  • Irene M.H. Herold: University Librarian, University of Hawaii at Manoa


  • Jack Fritts: University Librarian, Benedictine University
  • Lori Ostapowicz Critz: Head, Faculty Engagement Department, Georgia Tech


  • Beth McNeil: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Purdue University
  • Jon Cawthorne: Dean of Libraries, West Virginia University

A full list of candidates for ACRL and section offices will be available in the January 2015 issue of C&RL News.

2014 ACRL Election Results

Ann Campion RileyAnn Campion Riley, associate director for access, collections, and technical services at the University of Missouri, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, and assume the presidency in July 2015 for a one-year term. A full biography of Riley will be available on the ACRL website next week

John P. Culshaw, university librarian at the University of Iowa, and Kim Leeder, director of library services at the College of Western Idaho, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

Full 2014 election results will be available Monday, May 5, on the ACRL website.

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

Meet the Candidates: Kim Leeder

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2014 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2014 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate each weekday from March 11 — 18. 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 19.

Kim LeederKim Leeder is Director of Library Services at the College of Western Idaho in Boise/Nampa, Idaho. Kim is a 2014 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Forward-thinker, boundary-breaker, get-it-done-er.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)?  Honestly? My Facebook feed (Kidding! Sort of). On my nightstand is The True History of the Kelly Gang, Man Booker Prize winner, because I like to slowly read complex, thought-provoking fiction. Really slowly. Like a turtle. But Bookers are nearly always amazing reads in the end.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: People! People! People!

4. Why do you value about ACRL? Meeting. Learning. Growing. Giving. The opportunity to contribute to the field, meet and learn from others, and expand my vision of what academic libraries are — and what they should be.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I help people make their lives better. As a community college librarian, I support students from all backgrounds as they take their first steps into higher education. I teach them about research, give them pep talks at the info desk, and congratulate them when they move on to a profession, four-year degree program, or other adventure. I love to watch them amaze themselves with their own accomplishments.

6. In your own words: I have the best job ever! I get to learn and teach and grow every day. Best of all, I love being part of a profession that is constantly in the process of discovering itself. We have the opportunity every day to reinvent our work: what could be cooler than that?

ACRL Podcast: 2014 Vice-Presidential Candidates

In this podcast, C&RL News editor-in-chief David Free talks with Ann Campion Riley and Rickey D. Best, 2014 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect, about their potential plans for the association.

Time: 27:29

Complete details on the 2014 ALA/ ACRL elections are available on the ACRL website.

About the Music:
The music in ACRL Podcasts is “Don’t you,” mixed by stefsax and available on ccMixter. The music is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license.

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