Category Archives: Elections

Meet the Candidates: Cheryl Middleton

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.

CherylMiddletonCheryl Middleton is Associate University Librarian for Learning and Engagement at the Oregon State University Libraries and Press in Corvallis, Oregon, and a 2016 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Vice-President/ President-Elect.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Communicative, Trustworthy, Problem-Solver.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am an avid reader and always have several books in progress so that I can learn new things and I also read for pleasure.  Currently, I’m reading The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong, by Judith Rodin.  For fun I’m reading a young adult series by Sarah J. Maas called The Glass Throne.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative, Innovative, Inspiring.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? ACRL sets the standards for us as library professionals in higher education and keeps us up-to-date with the latest practices and developments in higher education. By sharing this information with the membership, ACRL influences the way we think about how we teach, preserve knowledge and make resources discoverable to our users. ACRL advocates for libraries to continue to provide open access to the resources and tools that our users need to be successful researchers and life-long learners.  For those of us in the profession, ACRL provides the research, resources and tools to keep our academic libraries viable and to keep up with the rapid pace of change in higher education. Most importantly, ACRL provides a safe place for our members to engage in dialogue and research that leads to the development of best practices and tools to contribute to our shared success as academic librarians.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I see myself as one of many librarians that makes the connections and engages in strategic collaborations that are necessary for the OSU Libraries and Press to develop and evaluate library services and resources that advance the Libraries’ ongoing role in shaping and transforming the University’s teaching, learning, research, and outreach mission. I do this by either forming or identifying collaborative partnerships that help the University community recognize the critical importance of libraries and our contributions to the campus that further the University’s strategic plan, with a focus on goal number 1, to “provide a transformative educational experience for all learners”.

6. In your own words: At a very early age, I realized that libraries had great power, making a world of resources available to anyone that had a library card. I was a first generation college student and the library literally opened up the world to me. I could learn about anything and there were people in the library that would help me get to that knowledge. I did not start out to be an academic librarian but as I learned more about libraries and what they do, providing resources that represent every side of an issue to create a well-informed democratic society, I decided I wanted to be a librarian. My curiosity and my need to find the “answer” made it a natural choice for me to be a reference librarian. I love helping others learn how to navigate the universe of resources and materials and help them find what they are looking for.

As I have progressed in my career, I have been fortunate to be at a land grant institution where lifelong learning and research are valued and I can help shape and develop services unique to our community. My other favorite thing about being an academic librarian is that it is like going back to school each fall when our new students arrive and we start the academic year. How cool is that? A job in which you are always learning and always going back to school.

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.

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