Category Archives: Elections

2014 ACRL Board of Directors Candidates

ACRL is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the association’s Board of Directors for the 2014 ALA/ACRL elections.


  • Ann Campion Riley: Associate Director of the Access, Collections, and Technical Services Division, University of Missouri
  • Rickey Best: Collection Development Librarian, Auburn University at Montgomery


  • Rodney Lippard: Director, Learning Resource Centers, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • John Culshaw: Senior Associate Dean, University of Colorado Norlin Library


  • Kim Leeder: Director of Library Services, College of Western Idaho
  • Ann Coder: Library Services Manager, Brookhaven College

A full list of candidates for ACRL and section offices will be available in the January 2014 issue of C&RL News.

2013 ACRL Election Results

Karen WilliamsKaren Williams, associate university librarian for research and learning at the University of Minnesota, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, and assume the presidency in July 2014 for a one-year term. A full biography of Williams will be available on the ACRL website next week

Julia Gelfand, applied sciences and engineering librarian at the University of California-Irvine, and Susan Barnes Whyte, director of library and media services at Linfield College, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large. Douglas Lehman, director of the Wittenberg University Thomas Library, has been elected ACRL Councilor.

Full 2013 election results will be available Monday, May 6, on the ACRL website.

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

ACRL Podcast: 2013 Vice-Presidential Candidates

In this podcast, C&RL News editor-in-chief David Free talks with Maggie Farrell and Karen Williams, 2013 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect, about their potential plans for the association.

Time: 36:43

Complete details on the 2013 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.

ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum Access Information

The 2013 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect will participate in an open online forum at 1 p.m. Central on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.  Maggie Farrell and Karen Williams will discuss their platforms and vision for ACRL and field questions from the audience. Farrell is dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, and Williams is associate university librarian for research and learning at the University of Minnesota.

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

More information on the 2013 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 2013 ALA/ ACRL election begins on Tuesday, March 19. 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: Susan Barnes Whyte

Editor’s Note: The ACRL Member of the Week feature is taking a brief hiatus so we can profile the 2013 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate each weekday from March 7 — 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. Member of the Week will return on March 25.

Susan Barnes WhyteSusan Barnes Whyte is Library and Media Services Director of the Linfield College Linfield Libraries in McMinnville, Oregon. Susan has been an ACRL member since 1990 and is a 2013 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Compassionate, Visionary, Pragmatic.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Reading: Generation on a Tightrope by Arthur Levine and Diane Dean as well as yet another Scandinavian noir mystery. Listening to: Ella Fitzgerald Sings Cole Porter.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leading, Mentoring, Networking.

4. Why do you value most about ACRL? ACRL provides us with a view of our profession as a whole, with collaborative learning opportunities, and with constant reminders that what we do as academic librarians matters.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As library and media services director at Linfield College, I provide leadership, vision, and perspective. With my excellent colleagues at Linfield College Libraries, we strive to deliver meaningful services and resources for the students, faculty, and staff.  I work constantly with faculty and staff across the college to ensure that the library sustains the mission and vision of the college.

6. In your own words: I never cease to marvel at the constant changing terrain of our profession within higher education, which is itself in the midst of deep upheaval. The message we deliver to our faculty and students needs to reflect these challenges as well as the opportunities we have in libraries to impact student learning, faculty research, and the hope of higher education. I work in a liberal arts college because I believe profoundly in our future as embodied in our students.


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